There is so much math in cooking…math that is just waiting for you to point out to your children as you engage in the process of making something together. From a very young age my children have been by my side while I cook. As they get older they have been taking on a greater role in the process. They dump in ingredients, measure, stir, and of course lick the spoon. I have found that these moments provide us not only with a chance to be together, but also an opportunity to Talk Math. Cooking involves math. Creating lists for and counting out ingredients, estimating how much we may need, fractions with measuring cups, counting cups, figuring out how long to bake the food for, and creating serving sizes all involve math and mathematical thinking.
Do we have what we need?
Is that enough?
Which one is 1/2 cup ? How many to make 1 cup?
How long should we cook it for?
Does it taste okay? What more could we add?
Do you know that cooking involves math? Where do you see math in this recipe?
By asking these questions and many others you are bringing math to your child’s attention and creating a conversation about how we use math in our lives. In this way you also show your child that math is something that we can do together, and have fun with.
So grab your kids and your recipe book and find a way to enjoy some time together while you cook and Talk Math.