Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Edible Math Activity - Owl Snacks

This edible maths activity invites children to have fun making, exploring, & eating some simple maths facts! Perfect for snack time, an after school treat, or as part of a maths session, these yummy savoury owls allow children to investigate a number of maths concepts.


To make one owl snack you'll need:
1 round cracker
1 thin slice of cheese/cheese square
1 small banana (peeled & chopped)
1 carrot (peeled & sliced in rounds)
Slice of apple (cut in half)
2 grapes (both cut in half)
1 small round double edge cookie cutter with plain & fluted edges (scone cutter)
A child's knife

(I found it easier to prepare & chop all the ingredients before offering them to the children.) 

To create the body for the owl use the plain edge of the cookie cutter to cut out a circle from the cheese slice & then place this on top of the cracker. This offers a neat opportunity to explore shape & the children can be invited to find the other circular shaped ingredients (the sliced banana, chopped grapes & carrot).


To make the owl's feet use the fluted edge of the cookie cutter to cut the slice of carrot in half, & then position the feet at the bottom of the cracker. This offers a little opportunity to explore fractions & again children can explore which other ingredients have been cut in half (grapes, slice of apple). 


Add the banana slices & grapes to the cracker to create the eyes, & the apple slices to the sides to create the wings. To complete the owl invite the children to cut a small triangle from a slice of carrot to make a beak & then place it on top of the cheese. Voila! One little owl is ready to go! 


These tasty owl snacks can help kids explore maths in a number of ways, they could:

*  Add the items together as they make their individual owl.
*  Before making their owls order the ingredients in increasing/decreasing size
*  Group the ingredients into similar shape or size
*  Count in twos (or should that be twoos!) as the ingredients are added to the cracker
    (2 grapes + 2 banana slices + 2 apple slices etc.)
*  Make predictions & explore subtraction by removing & eating different ingredients!
    How many items did you start with? How many will be left when you eat the wings, or feet etc?
*  If making these in a group, children could add all the owls together, or work out how many wings,     eyes etc there are in the group.
*  Explore symmetry
*  Explore fractions by eating only half the owl (a tough one as these owls a rather yummy!)

However you use these, I hope you enjoy discovering & eating lots of maths facts! 


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