In the early years of school, your child will start to learn the building blocks of multiplication. This fun cooking activity will help your child learn about groups of numbers and visualise the multiplication process – and they can enjoy a delicious treat afterwards!
We call this recipe “Multiplication Cookies”. Here’s what you will need:
- 3 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup of icing sugar
- 300 grams of softened butter
- 1 250 gram bag of chocolate chips
- Rolling pin
- Round cookie cutters
- Baking paper
- Oven pan
- Writing paper
This activity requires cooking so it is important to supervise your child.
How to make the cookies:
Encourage your child to help you make the cookie dough. Measuring the ingredients will help their math skills.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
- Mix the butter and icing sugar together
- Gradually add the flour while mixing, until it becomes a doughy texture
- Knead the dough well
- Roll the dough out on a floured surface
- Press the cookie cutters into the flattened dough and carefully place each cookie onto baking paper on a pan.
This is where the multiplication comes into play. To begin with, give you child a pencil and piece of paper.
- Ask your child to count the cookies that have been made and write that amount on a piece of paper.
- Now, ask your child to work out how many chocolate chips they would need if they were to put two on each cookie. Suggest your child write the sum on the paper and figure it out – or if that is too difficult, encourage your child to put the chocolate chips onto the cookies and count them up. Talk about the maths your child is doing, for example “We have 12 cookies and you put 2 chocolate chips on each. That’s 12 groups of 2. What’s 12 times 2? Let’s count them up!” Then encourage your child to write the sum (12 X 2 = 24)on the piece of paper
- Once they have correctly answered that equation, give them a few other sums to work out. For example, “What if we wanted to put 3 chocolate chips on each cookie, how many would we need?”
- For older kids you could ask more difficult questions such as “How many chocolate chips will we need if we put two on half of the cookies and three on the other half?” – or, you could try practising some division problems like “If there are 4 people sharing the cookies, how many would each person get?”
- Finally, add the chocolate chips to the cookies and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Reward your child for their excellent maths practice with a delicious cookie.
This mathematics game is sure to become a favourite with your child! They will have fun learning basic maths as well as cooking techniques.