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Cooking with Numbers


plastic numbers
toy or real cooking materials such as pots, pans,
bowls, plates, muffin tins, baking pans
spatulas and spoons
pot holders
children’s oven or stove


1. Place the materials at the dramatic play center.
2. Invite the children to cook, bake, fry, mix,
stir, and serve up a platter
of numbers.
3. Allow the children to serve
numbers to their classmates on
plates and in bowls.
4. Invite the children to talk about the
numbers as they work at the dramatic
play center.
Teacher - to - Teacher Tip
* If you do not have a child's oven or stove, simply draw the outline of burners
and an oven door on an inverted cardboard box to create your own stove.
To assess the children's learning, consider the following:
* Ask the children to place a spatula full of numbers onto a plate. Can the
children identify each number served?
* Pass a large bowl of numbers and a mixing spoon around the circle of
children. Can each child name one or more of the numbers in the bowl?
* Tape a number card to each kitchen item from the learning center. Can the
children identify the numbers on the kitchen utensils and cookware?
Book: Learn Every Day About Numbers
Center: Dramatic Play/Pretend & Play/House Corner
Topic: Numbers
Content: Mathematics
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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