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Help your child count out ten fruit snacks, and ask him to close his eyes. Eat three snacks. When he opens his eyes, ask how many you ate.

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Extending this activity

  • -Write down the subtraction sentences representing the food eaten.

    -Read "Frog and Toad Together" by Arnold Lobel, paying special attention to the chapter entitled 'Cookies'. Make guesses as to how many cookies were left to feed to the birds.

Adjust for an older child

Allow more opportunities for the parent to eat the food items and the child to guess how many were eaten. Discuss the subtraction taking place each time.

Adjust for a younger child

Start with only five food items. Have the child eat some and guess how many he or she ate. This also works great at the dinner table for eating vegetables!

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Patterns and Algebraic Thinking

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