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In the kitchen

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In the kitchen

What to do with this activity?

When you are following a recipe, weigh out ingredients on scales together; talk about grams (g), and kilos (k). Show them how to measure liquid in a marked jug. Talk about milliliters (ml), and litres (l). 


- Set the table with 1 knife, 1 fork and 1 spoon for each person;
- Cut fruit into halves and quarters;
- Divide pizza into enough slices for everyone;
- Sort out big and small spoons;
- Look at ‘best before’ dates;
- Estimate “Is there enough for everyone?”
- Use an egg timer; or a watch to time something that is cooking. 


  • Why am I doing this?

    Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.

    Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.

  • How can I do more?

    Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.

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