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Cooking with Two Year Olds

I know I sound like a broken record, but cooking with your children is one of the best ways to teach them math.  Jenna(26m) and I made brownies together and practiced counting and adding. 

We also reviewed bigger vs smaller and more vs less.  My goal with her is to do at least one cooking project each week.  This week we made two things; brownies and homemade bread.  I don’t have any pictures of the bread, but it was really easy thanks to our bread machine!


  1. Claire H. says:

    What I like doing with my preschoolers is teaching them equivalent fractions and simple addition by using different measuring cups than the obvious ones. So if a recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, one time I’ll use two 1/2 cups, another three 1/3 cups, and another time one 1/2 and two 1/4 cups.

    • jenbrdsly says:

      Bingo! That’s what I did with Bruce too. Jenna isn’t quite ready for that yet though.

      On a side note, this made me think of when I taught K/1. Cooking was one of our math centers. One of the moms who volunteered to work at that center was a pediatric neurosurgeon. Some of the markings had rubbed off of the measuring cups and she didn’t know which were 1 cup, 1/2, 1/3 etc. She couldn’t tell by looking at them, and was really angry with me. I don’t know why she volunteered for the cooking center!

      • Claire H. says:

        How funny! I can see needing to double-check by pouring water from one into another because it isn’t necessarily obvious eye-balling if something is a 3/4 cup vs. a 2/3 cup or a 2/3 cup vs. 1/2 cup. But it should be easy to sort them by size and then test out if they are what I guess they are.

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