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Cereal Challenge

When your child is eating breakfast, ask him how many more pieces of cereal there are than fruit in his bowl of cereal.

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Extending this activity

  • -Try the same activity with a different food item. For example, eat alphabet soup and ask “If you eat one vowel with one consonant, which of the two will you run out of first?” (Make a list of vowels and consonants for the child to refer to.)
    -Read a tactile counting book to your child where the child can touch each item while counting. One example is the board book “One Green Frog” by Yvonne Hooker.

Adjust for an older child

Use ten pieces of cereal and seven blueberries. Have the child create a number sentence after the challenge to explain “why” he ran out of blueberries first. Ex: 10 – 7 = 3 extra pieces of cereal.

Adjust for a younger child

Use five pieces of cereal and five blueberries. Focus on matching one cereal piece with one blueberry.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and operations

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