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Cooking uses numbers


Cooking uses numbers

What to do with this activity?

As well as helping with reading, recipes are great for getting your child counting and using numbers - amounts, weights, temperatures.  Flour, sugar and butter are weighed in grams nowadays which is usually shortened to "g". Liquid is measured in milli-litres which is often shortened to "ml".   There are lots of recipes online if you don't have recipe books.  

Here is an easy recipe from Oxford Owl for Fruit Muffins which is presented as a maths exercise.  The muffins taste delicious if your child gets the numbers right! 


  • Why am I doing this?

    Everyday activities, like shopping and taking journeys provide a great opportunity for your child to practise maths skills by recognising patterns, counting out amounts, working out the best value, weighing and understanding money or understanding timetables and estimating your time of arrival!

  • How can I do more?

    Estimating is a very useful maths skill for everyday life – helping you decide if you have enough money to pay for a number of items or enough paint to paint a room. Encourage your child to estimate, for example, how many potatoes you will need for dinner or how much money to buy the shopping.

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