We all know- turkey has been on your mind since November 1st. Trust me- I’m right there with you.
The question is… how can we make Thanksgiving not only about what we are thankful for but lets get the kids to help because that is what the holidays are about right?! RIGHT!
Of course we need to interact math with turkey day because.. well, why not.
Lets look at how the kids can help!
How many people are coming over? How much food will we need to buy? How many pies should we make so each person gets atleast one piece? These are the typical questions I hear each year from everyone!
Many families prepare large meals for their family and friends; so it can be the perfect time to involve your children in dinner preparation to incorporate real-life conceptual understanding of mathematics. Here are some activities to make it FUN!
Lets look at the turkey, the main meal. Have your child determine what size turkey you need to feed everyone coming for dinner. How many pounds should you purchase if you have 10 people attending and 1 ½ pounds go with one person?
Already bought a turkey? Have your child calculate how much each person can have with the turkey you have. If you have a 20 pound turkey and 8 people coming for dinner.. How much turkey will each person be able to have?
Review time by helping your child write down the times that the turkey went into the oven and the time it should come out. Younger children might need a little help calculating the number of hours if it crosses a Noon.But a great way to interact time, math and numbers!
Now, Setting the table. Simply counting out forks, knives and spoons can be helpful practice for many early learners. You can even do this every night you have dinner!
Math with pies can be extra extra fun! (because who doesn’t like pie) If everyone eats 1/8th of a pie, how many pies do you need to serve 14 people? And if you have 8 slices of pie, and two are left over, what fraction of pie is left over to eat later?
Incorporating math into everyday activities can help strengthen a child’s conceptual understanding overall. Plus, it makes all the holiday gathering even more fun!
Happy Turkey Day- indulge in the food and laugh with joy as family and friends are in your presence!