Patterning is the first stage of algebra so why not try forming patterns with fruit? Using cookie cutters you can make all sorts of shapes in all sorts of colours. At the same time your children will get their healthy dose of fruit. The kids I know have assured me that a rockmelon ducky tastes way better than just plain old rockmelon ๐Ÿ™‚

Get your kids to help you cut up the fruit and once it’s cut there are many activities to try.

  • Patterning: Start a pattern using just two different shapes or two different fruits of the same shape and have your child continue the pattern. To extend, use more shapes and more colours.

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  • Shape recognition: Using fruit is a delicious way to discover new shapes and eat your daily serve of fruit. Ask your child what shape they want their watermelon cut into or ask them to identify the shapes on their plate.

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  • Comparison: Compare sizes and colours of similar looking shapes.

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  • Sorting: Mix up all the shapes and ask your child to sort them. Or cut a fruit, for example a banana, using a few different cookie cutters. Place a mix of banana shapes in front of your child and ask them to sort them. Once theyโ€™re done, they can eat their manipulatives!

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  • Colours: The vibrant colours of fruit make them a great tool to teach your child their colours. Using lots of words like, โ€œHere is a moon made from pineapple. This pineapple moon is yellow,โ€ is also a great way to extend their vocabulary.

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  • Tessellations: A tessellation is when a tiling pattern using one or more shapes is created, with no gaps or overlaps. See what other shapes can be made using only triangles. Try fitting shapes together to create a tiling pattern. Tessellations can be complex and will stimulate your childโ€™s cognitive thinking and problem solving skills.

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Your children will be engaged in all these activities using cookie cut fruit, because it is a novelty to have fruit cut in such a fun way. Getting your kids involved in the cookie cutting process can make this a fun, whole day activity. Take the opportunity to get your children to try new fruits. My husband doesn’t usually eat watermelon but he loved these watermelon flowers!

 

And if nothing else, this is great idea to jazz up your next fruit platter!! IMG_7322Nothing goes to waste, I made one and a half litres of fresh fruit juice with the fruit scraps.

Please share with us your thoughts on this activity or any other fun ways you’ve taught maths lately.