Fun Math can happen in your kitchen without your kids even realizing they are learning. Today’s recipe is delicious, an oatmeal pancake. Any recipe that you create that is round makes it easy to teach your kids fractions. Oats are a great food to incorporate into baking. They contain protein, fiber, and lots of healthy minerals. If you do not want your kids to know there are oats inside, you can put all the ingredients into a blender. Cooking with fractions can be done with pizza, pancakes, and cookies. All round foods make easy fraction simulations. If you would like more resources on fractions, the Education.com page has some great ideas here.
Kids at about a 1st grade level would start to be interested in fractions, but younger kids can also begin to learn the basic idea. When you incorporate math skills in the kitchen, you are teaching your children life long important lessons. Many children hate math and I do not know why. You can encourage math skills with your children if you do fun activities like this.
This recipe is easy to throw together in minutes. My kids are older now so if I whip up the batter, they can easily make the pancakes. With very young children you will simply count the parts that you cut their pancake into. If you are teaching them 1/4, you will together count all 4 parts of the pancakes. You will be surprised at how quickly even the youngest kids can catch on to these concepts.
Remember, when your kids help you make the food, they are also more likely to eat it. Let your children measure the ingredients, whisk it until it is smooth, and crack the egg. Basic cooking skills are life long lessons. My kids love to be in the kitchen cooking with me. The skills they have learned are valuable. This oatmeal pancakes recipe is not only easy for young kids to make, but they will love cutting them into fractions: half, fourths, eights. And then they can try a real challenge, thirds!
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice: allow to sit for 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup regular milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- Combine all ingredients in one big bowl and whisk together until the batter is smooth.
- Add more flour if it is a bit too loose.
- Spray the griddle or frying pan with cooking spray, or pour a small amount of olive oil in the pan and let it lightly coat the bottom.
- For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot pan and cook the pancakes until they start to bubble and the edges are cooked.
- Flip and cook the other side.
- Serve with warm maple syrup, yogurt or fresh fruit,
I love this! If pancakes can’t make math fun, then nothing can. Great idea!
I know so many kids who hate math and I think food can make it more fun!
This is a great idea! I will definitely be doing the pancake fractions for my girls!
I am so glad you like it! My kids find it really fun too.
My 3-year-old niece loves to help me when I cook or bake. This will be a great way to teach her math! I also love the recipe 🙂
That is so awesome to hear! I am so glad you like the recipe. Let me know how your niece likes it.
Pancakes making math fun? Who knew? This is an awesome way to teach kids fractions, and pancakes are yummy!
Isn’t this a fun idea? I love pancake math and it is a fun way to eat breakfast, a snack, or even breakfast for dinner.
Food is definitely a great way to teach math! We always talk about pies and pizza pies as far as fractions. Looks like a yummy way to get in some learning!
All round foods make great fraction demonstrations! Pancakes are our favorite medium.
Now this looks like a super yummy way to teach math!! Maybe if my Mom had done this I would have liked math more?? LOL!!
I really think you would have liked math more if you learned it from a young age. Math can be so much fun!
This looks absolutely fun! Definitely a great idea to make with kids too. Awesome recipe.
Thanks so much!
I am all about combining learning time with fun time / meal time. This is a great example of how match be fun and incorporated into lunch!
Right? Math can be fun! As parents it is our job to make math fun and enjoyable!
I never thought about using the kitchen to explain math to my kids. I do get them to help bake things or cook meals.
Math is abundant in the kitchen! Cooking is all about math. If a recipe calls for 3/4 cup flour, how can we measure that if we don’t have a 3/4 cup measure?
Cooking delicious pancakes and learning math at the same time equals super fun! Bet any kid would love this great idea.
Thank you! I agree with you. When math is a game and fun to learn all kids will enjoy it more.
Great minds think alike. We did this with our preschoolers and they immediately got what we were trying to teach them and now they do it everywhere.
Great minds do think alike! Isn’t amazing that preschoolers can grasp this concept, yet when 1st and 2nd graders try to learn it they are confused. Math needs to be made into a fun learning process and kids will enjoy it!
What a great way to teach fractions! My son would really enjoy food and math!
I bet your son will love this! Sometimes you just need an idea and now you can teach your son in your own way.
What a great idea to learn about fractions. This will be too fun for the little ones.
Thanks, so glad you liked it!
OH yum. Oatmeal pancakes! I haven’t had them in a while. I love how you incorporated math and fractions in a delightful meal for the kids. I don’t have young ones anymore but I will be sharing this with my cousin who has kids in grade school.
Thank you for sharing! It really is a fun math lesson to do at home.
I LOVE THIS IDEA!! Any way to get kids in the kitchen and make it a teachable moment, I’m all for. The pancakes sound delicious too!
Teachable moments in the kitchen are the best, I totally agree!
Such a nice idea. This is the best and easy way for the children to learn while eating.
It is always best to sneak in a little learning when the kids do not even realize it.
It’s always nice to get creative when it comes to teaching the kids! I think this is a an awesome way to help kids understand fractions better!
Thank you so much! I know how much my kids enjoy doing math in the kitchen.