You can help your child learn fractions and have fun with hands-on activities. Try these with your child:
Measure up. Give your child measuring spoons and measuring cups. Have him pour 1 cup of water into a glass. Then have him guess: How many half-cups will it take to fill another glass the same size? How many quarter cups? How many one-third cups?
Travel fractions. Have your child count how many cars you pass. Then figure how many—what fraction—of them are a certain color. Take turns choosing a color and seeing who has the largest fraction.
Change that recipe! Ask your child to rewrite the amount of each ingredient to double or halve a recipe.
Eat your fractions. Give your child 12, 24, or 36 pieces of cereal. Let him divide them into halves, fourths, etc. Or have him divide a pizza!
Feed the pet. Help your child figure how much pet food to give your pet. For instance, if your pet weighs 15 pounds and should be fed one-quarter cup of food for every 5 pounds, how much food should you give him? (Answer: three-quarters cup.)
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