Are you looking for ways to make math fun, engaging, and hands-on? What about edible math that tastes amazing? Folks, we have found an outstanding book that fits all of these requirements and more!
My children adore picture books with engaging stories along with hands-on activities. Earlier this year when they discovered the section of math picture books at the library they were as happy as can be!
When I can make math hands-on with activities and games, the concepts really seem to stick…which makes me happy!
Getting into the kitchen with your kids can be another fantastic way to incorporate math concepts! Roll all of these ideas into one and you have the makings of magnificent joining.
Are you game?
Edible Math Activities and Recipes ~ Tangram Cookies
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds is an outrageously fun math-themed cookbook that offers six marvelous recipes!
- Fibonacci Snack Sticks
- Fraction Chips
- Tessellating Two-Color Brownies
- Milk and Tangram Cookies
- Variable Pizza
- Probability Trail Mix
Young mathematicians need to eat too and what better way than with math-based recipes! Plus you will all learn a bit of history and some interesting math facts in the process!
Also, every recipe we have made from this book has been delicious and the Tangram cookies were no exception!
Edible Math Tangram Cookies
The idea behind these Tangram cookies comes from the ancient Chinese puzzle called the tangram. Here are some of the math facts we learned about tangrams while in the kitchen.
- Tangrams are a collection of polygons that are used to create fun geometric objects and shapes.
- Polygons are closed figured shapes with three or more straight sides.
- No one knows for certain where the name tangram comes from, BUT there are theories! Most people believe the tangram originated with the Tanka people of China! These people traded goods with Western sailors. The Tanka traders and sailors played with puzzles pieces. These sailors may have used the Old English word “tramgram,” which meant puzzle to refer to the tangram puzzles.
We also learned how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius!
Well…if you bake cookies at 350′ F but you have a friend visiting from a country that uses Celsius, then it would be nice if you could tell your friend the oven temperature! Plus most countries in the world use the Celsius scale.
This algebraic equation was fun for my 10-year-old! Ready?
Can you work out what the oven temperature would be in Celsius if it is 350′ Fahrenheit?
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds
Can you tell from the pictures what objects we made from our Tangram cookies?
The children also played around with making different quadrilaterals, which are four-sided polygons.
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds is an extraordinary way to make math lessons fun, hands-on and delicious!
Now it’s your turn! How will you make math fun for your kids today?