Scrumptious Maths Activity: Patterning

A Maths SnackMaths and snacks aren't two words you normally put in one sentence. However, it's possible to do maths at snack time in a fun way so that children won't even know they're doing a maths activity.

The best part is that you can eat your maths activity!

We used some shaped biscuits to create repeating patterns. Identifying patterns and being able to repeat them are important maths skills.

Each boy was given a handful of biscuits and then we started to arrange them in patterns. For our youngest, I started the pattern and he continued it.

A harder challenge is for the child to think of and create the pattern him/herself.

Here are some of the patterns we made as part of this maths activity:

A Maths Snack

A Maths Snack

A Maths Snack

A Maths Snack

A Maths Snack

While we used some shaped biscuits, you could use any type of food. For example, you could use:

  • Cereal pieces
  • Pasta shapes
  • Cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit (sultanas, cranberries, apricots)
  • Nuts
  • Bread cut into shapes.

I'm sure there's a lot more you could add based on what your child enjoys eating.

A pattern created with strawberries, apple pieces, pineapple pieces, banana slices, etc., would be irresistibly scrumptious. We'll have to try that next time.

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