Edible Math Activities

One of the joys of life is the knowledge that the answers are definite. Another joy of math is found in the eating of your math problems after you solve them!

Graphing with food is a tried and true lesson. Give each student a small package of different colored candies like M & M’s or Skittles and a teacher-m made graph with squares that are at least three-quarters of an each square. The candies are sorted according to color. One candy is placed on each square with one color per row. After the questions are answered, the candy is no longer needed; the kids can have a little math snack. 

Fractions beg for a little taste. Teach basic fractions with a cheese pizza. Wearing plastic gloves, the teacher demonstrates fractions, including simple fractions and equivalent fractions. Once the concept has been demonstrated, divide the pizza between the members of the class. Before they eat the pizza, students should state what fraction of the pizza each student is eating.

Another great food for fractions are chocolate bars that are cut into equal squares. Give two students one chocolate bar, like a Hershey’s bar. First, divide the bar in half. Then fourths, eights and so on. Once they have finished with the bar, each group of students can divide it in half and eat one-half.

Units of measurement are best understood when they become tangible, physical items. No-bake cookies are great for classroom use because you do not have to have an oven or stove to create them. (Almond butter can be a substitute for peanut butter if you have students with allergies in the classroom.) Simply provide students with measuring cups and spoons, along with mixing bowls, mixing spoons and a supply of ingredients. Let students measure out their own ingredients and create a wonderful treat that they can turn around and eat. Home-school parents can take advantage of the oven while doing a lesson on measurement and bake brownies, cookies, cake and more.

Teach counting with food by creating a simple recipe your child can create. One suggestion would be trail mix. Simple give the children a given number for each item that is included in the recipe. When they have counted out all of the piece, they ingredients are mixed together. Pour them into a bag and use the food for a snack later. 

Learning math should be fun. Now, it can be tasty too!