Kids are naturally attracted to snack foods. If you have been reading here for awhile, you have probably seen how I have incorporated food ideas in many of the activities. It is because it draws their interest and then you can wrap this natural interest around some nugget of a concept you want them to learn. It could be the layers of the earth or how the Romans made roads or it could be fractions. I have talked about how I have used measuring cup fractions with cooking on more than one occasion. Today's activity, however, was not them following a recipe but around them making up their own recipe. How empowering is that?
|I got together a table full of munchies from the cabinets. The rules of the game are, however, that they have to stick within a reasonable 2-cup limit.|
|I had some of these cutsie little snack boxes for them to make their mixes in.|
|I gave them slips of paper, some of which were folded into either three sections or eight sections.|
They could pick which type of paper they wanted to use and got to work writing down what they picked for their mix.
|So, now the game was on.|
|After the ingredients were added to make 2 cups of snack mix, they shook them up to mix.|
|This mix is an equal mixture mixed nuts, chocolate candies, white chocolate chips, popcorn; 1/2 cup each.|
|This is James' mix. We call it El Blano, as it looked so white. His recipe is 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, 1 cup popcorn, 1/2 cup mini marshmallows and 1/4 cup chocolate candies.|
|This one had a complex recipe of 1/8+ 1/3 cup chocolate candies, 3/8 + 1/3 cup popcorn, 3/8 cup pretzels, 1/8 cup mixed fruit, 1/3 cup white chocolate chips. It all fit within the rules, however.|
|Here is Quentin's variety mix of 1 cup popcorn, 1/4 cup mixed nuts, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup chocolate candies, and 1/4 cup white chocolate chips.|
|And what goes better with a math snack than a choice of hot chocolate or tea?|