Fractions can be a tough concept for kids to grasp, especially if they are only taught for a few weeks each year. Sandwich fractions make the concept of fractions more concrete (and a lot more fun) for kids. The best part is that they give kids a chance to be exposed to different fractions again and again so the can truly start to understand them.
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- Kitchen Shears or knife
- hungry kids
This fraction activity requires no more prep than making a cutting a sandwich. Instead of just cutting it in half though you can cut it into whatever fraction you want!
Kids can explore and talk about how many parts make up their whole sandwich and even request their sandwich fraction of the day. It’s a hands on and low key way to put together and identify fractions on an everyday basis.
Can you imagine how much math knowledge kids would have if you cut sandwiches into fractions just once a week?
I will warn you though that cutting a sandwich into fifths takes a bit a practice!
There’s more math fun coming your way this summer–6 weeks worth to be exact!
This is week five of Camp Mathematics and both Erica and I are sharing fun ideas for learning about fractions. She has a math fractions game your kids will love so go see how to play!
Have you missed a week of Camp Mathematics? Catch up now!
Week 1: DIY Abacus for Kids and Counting Down Math Game
Week 2: Shake and Add Math Game and Magic Squares Game
Week 3: Grape Shapes STEM Activity and T Puzzle
Week 4: Math Patterns in Nature and Spirolaterals
Week 5: Sandwich Fractions and a Printable Fraction Game
Week 6: Math Card Games and Cooperative Dice Games
Stay tuned each week for more math ideas you can do with your kids this summer!
Emily Hunt says
That is such a good idea! What ages do you recomend this for? I have a 5 year old the i home school on the weekends, she goes to school on the weekdays but she has a hard time learning new things.
Megan Sheakoski says
Hi Emily! I think you can start with simple ones at that age for sure. 🙂