When parents are talking to us about activities to help their children in maths, ‘fractions’ is often at or near the top of the list. Our May Brilliant Boxes for Levels 1 and 3 include fraction activities and our Level 2 Brilliant Box for June also has some fun fractions activities. So, we thought we’d give you another five ideas for fraction activities, to extend this area of learning, or even to involve another sibling.
- Fraction hopscotch
All you need is some chalk for this one. Go outside where there is some concrete, or a solid surface you can draw on. Create a series of hopscotch tiles, but divide them up into whole, halves, quarters, thirds, and so on. Depending on the ages of your children, you could draw the squares and ask them to fill in the fractions, or you could let them create the whole thing, themselves.
If you don’t have a surface to draw on, you could cut out your fraction tiles from newspaper and lay them out on the ground.
The kids might then be able to create their own, more elaborate hopscotch paths, with their own fraction paths.
- Fraction food
Do you receive supermarket catalogues in the mail? Next time, hold on to a few of them – or pick one up from a supermarket next time you are there. Tear or cut out lots of pictures of food and leave them out in a basket or bowl on a table, along scissors and copies of this activity sheet: Fraction Food
Invite your child to sit down and plan their ‘fraction food picnic’. Ask them to cut up their chosen food into fractions to place onto the plates. They can then fill in the blanks on the activity sheet, to identify the fractions they have created.
Once they’ve been through these pictures, they might like to draw their own food to divide up. Good food ideas for this include: pizza, pancakes, bananas, watermelon.
- Fraction card game
If you’ve been following us for a while, you will know that we love creating games from a pack of standard playing cards. They are compact, inexpensive and great for travelling!
This is a game for two players (you could adapt it to more players, if you like).
Remove the face cards, shuffle and each player takes two cards from the pack. They then lay them down as in the picture, with the smaller number on top, to create their ‘fraction’.
The player who makes the larger fraction ‘wins’ that hand and takes the cards.
Keep playing until all of the cards are used up – the player with the most cards wins.
Alternatively, you could keep score and say something like: ‘first player to 50 wins’.
Use this template to print and cut out your fraction die and fraction shapes: Roll-A-Fraction.
Colour, cut out and glue/tape your fraction die together. Cut out the equivalent shapes, from the following page. The idea is to roll the die, then find the shaded shape that matches that fraction.
You can then use this die for other activities: you might want to draw a whole page of shapes, and ask your child to colour in a fraction of a shape to match. You could turn it into a game. Or, you could create ‘fraction bingo boards’. For older children, you could roll the die and then ask them to call out an equivalent fraction, such as ‘4/8’ when ‘1/2’ is rolled.
- Fraction Chef
Masterchef is a hot topic of conversation in our house at the moment, so our kids are pretty keen to get into the kitchen and cook. They’re also keen to ‘score’ my cooking . . . but that’s a rant for another blog post. Maths and cooking really do work well together. Here’s a few ideas:
- Create a pizza. I know, pizza is often used in fraction work, but it’s because it’s such a good, visual one that makes sense to children. Give your children a blank pizza base (or bread or whatever you’re using) and ask them to put (for example) ‘cheese on the whole pizza’, ‘ham on half the pizza’, and so on. Or, you could ask them to write out their own ‘pizza recipe’, showing the fractions of pizza and what ingredients will be on each fraction.
- Create a fraction cake. Make a cake and then buy decorations (sprinkles, mini marshmallows, etc). Ask your children to draw the cake, divided into fractions and create a picture, similar to the pizza one, showing which decorations go on each fraction of the cake. Recreate it on the real cake! When it is finished, your child might like to work out how many people are going to eat the cake, and divide the cake up into the correct fractions.
- Create a fraction fruit salad, cutting up the fruit into different fractions and talking about it, as you go.
If you’d like more hands on activities for your children, email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out which activities are in our Brilliant Boxes for your child. We have fraction activities in our current Brilliant Boxes for Levels 1 and 3, with more for Level 2 coming next month!
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