Patterned Fruit Skewers
The first idea was sent to me by my friend Raine. You will need grapes in 2 colors and a wooden skewer.
I made the pointed tip of the skewer more blunt by banging it on the table a few times. I showed the kids how they could push the grapes on the skewer and explained to they could make a pattern buy putting one red grape, one green grape etc... If you have older kids, you can do more complicated patterns. Grapes can be a choking hazard for young kids so you might want to cut the grapes before this activity. I left them whole.
Even Little C was able to join in the fun. Before you think she is some sort of patterning prodigy, her sisters were yelling to her which color she should put on the skewer next.
When the skewers were filled, we popped them in the freezer and had them later with our dinner. They were a big hit and a fun way to get in some math practice. When I come up with a yummy way to teach algebra, I'll let you know.
Cinnamon Sugar Shakers
I found this easy idea on I Should Scrap That. She called hers Apple Shake Ups, I call mine Cinnamon Sugar Shakers. You will call them delicious!
You will need:
I just eyeballed the amount of sugar and cinnamon I put in, but I don't think it was more than 1 teaspoon of each. I used an apple that I had on hand (we are big fans of Granny Smiths in this house) and cut it up into cubes. Then I dumped the apple into the Ziploc bag and had the girls helped me pour in the cinnamon and sugar.
Then came the really fun part - the SHAKING!
Okay, the shaking was one of the fun parts. The other fun part was the eating!
So there you have it. Get your little ones in the kitchen and mix up some fun.