Foodtastic Counting
Math in Your Meal!

Beginner

During meals, count food items and move them across the plate as you count.

Tip: Count carrots, blueberries, or pieces of cheese. 

Intermediate

When sharing snacks, pass out pieces one at a time.

Tip: Talk about what happens if there is not enough for everyone to have the same amount.

Experienced

Organize snacks into groups of the same size, then try skip-counting.

Tip: Make groups of 2, 3 or 5, then count by twos, threes or fives. 

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Why is this important?

Counting out loud helps children attach meaning to counting objects and understanding place values, which both are important in math as they are used to compute larger numbers.  

Reference: VandeWalle, J. A. (2011). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally. Pearson Canada. (p. 191)