Wednesday Tips #4 2015

cooking When grandchildren come to stay for a few days during school holidays, I always try and fit in a cooking activity. Boys and girls both love to get busy in the kitchen and then eat the results of the activity. Recently a request was made that we make crackles as a treat. The measuring out of ingredients was great for applying developing math skills and decorating is always fun. The results of this cooking session were enjoyed with plenty left to share at an  extended family gathering.

Wednesday Tips #16 2014


I remember learning to play Monopoly when I was young and many hours were spent wheeling and dealing property with friends over school holidays. Fast forward about 60 years and there are  now junior versions available of this popular game . Although operating on much the same principle as the original game, these don’t take nearly as long to complete. A game like this is perfect for sharing with a grandchild on an afternoon too wet or cold to play outside.  Miss 6 and I have begun to discuss strategies for having a better chance of winning. Do you pay to get out of gaol or stay there to minimise your chance of paying your opponent? Do you aim for multiple properties of the same colour to double your chance or do you space your properties around the board? Great fun and a learning experience as well.

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Wednesday Tips #17

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To help your grandchild develop mathematic skills the kitchen is a good venue.

Mathematic skills involve the development of a specific vocabulary. For example, such words as full, empty, together and first  are important  basic mathematical words used in real life situations. As you have fun talking and cooking together, measuring and mixing ingredients, your grandchild will gradually develop this important bank of words and become more proficient in their use.  

So get out the measuring cups, spoons and kitchen scales and cook up not only something yummy to share but a rich mathematical experience.

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