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,