When fall swings around each year, more often than not you and the kids will find yourself looking for exciting seasonal activities to take on in preparation for the coming holiday season. Not only do these activities help increase the amount of quality time spent together, but they can also employ a few key math skills from the classroom! Not sure how that might equate? Here is how you can learn to apply math at home with a few fun and festive family activities, this season.
Baking seasonal treats – Math and science play a vital role is baking, there’s no denying that. There are chemical reactions that make baked goods rise and form and math involved in determining temperatures, ingredient measurements and more during preparation. How do you put a fall twist on this? Incorporate pumpkin to some of your favorite recipes – pumpkin muffins, bread, cupcakes, cookie, and more!
Calculating costs – Challenge your kids to help you balance that family budget this season. Whether you’re shopping for holiday items or simply heading to the grocery, invite the kids to calculate costs. For some extra practice with more complex concepts like percentages, you might even throw in a few items that might be on sale or for which you might have coupons.
Keeping time – Learning to tell time is a fundamental math and number related skill for youngsters and adults. Even in the digital age it is still important to have strong clock reading skills to develop proper time management skills, especially during busy holiday seasons. While at home, assign one of your kids with the role of the time keeper to not only keeps everyone on track throughout the day, but to also to help them practice this important skill.
How else might you incorporate math at home this season? Share some of your tried and true tricks with us today!