Team StoryWeavers|February 21, 2023, 17:19 IST| 16

“We’re all stories, in the end.”

― Steven Moffat

Practice makes us perfect. Children need to practise basic mathematical skills such as counting and estimation to get better in that topic. However, getting them to practise math during the summer holidays can be quite challenging for parents. That is why, finding new and fun ways of practising these skills becomes critical.

Today, we will talk about an exciting way to practise basic early mathematical skills through an imaginary culinary game. Intrigued much?

Requirements: Oodles of imagination!

Instructions For Parents:

• Try this activity before nap time
• Tell the child that you both are going to make lemonade by using imagination.
• Ask the child to close their eyes before starting this exercise
• Feel free to improvise once you get the hang of it

Here is a sample script for the lemonade game. You can add different mathematical concepts in this, such as counting, directions, and estimation, depending on the age and developmental level of the child.

Conversation:

• Parent: Close your eyes, lie down, and let’s get started!
• Parent: Let’s make lemonade since summer’s here, and it is getting very hot. How many glasses of lemonade shall we make?
• Child: (Answers) Three glasses. One for you. One for my sister and one for me.
• Parent: For one glass of lemonade, we need one lemon. Let’s go get them. Where can we find lemons in the house? And how many lemons do we need?
• Child: (Answers) In the fridge! Three lemons. One for each glass.
• Parent: Great! The refrigerator is in the kitchen. It takes me twenty steps to get to the kitchen, how many steps do you think it will take for you? (Estimation)
• Parent: Alright! Let’s skip count by 2 till we reach thirty in our mind and get the lemons.
• Child & Parent: (Answers) 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.
• Parent: Awesome! Now we have lemons. What else do we need? We need glasses, water, and sugar. Let’s go to the kitchen again and get it. Do you think we can count backwards from thirty while hopping where we are?
• Child: (Answers. Acting like the child is hopping) Yes! 30, 29, 28, 27, etc.
• Parent: Awesome! Now we have everything we need to make a lemonade. Let’s go and get utensils now. Which one should I get? Small, medium or large?
• Child: A medium-sized utensil.
• Parent: Let’s get spoons and a jar of water as well. (You can add skip counting or tables here, if you want. )
• Parent: Perfect. Let’s squeeze the juice from the lemons. Can you squeeze each lemon for ten times to get all the juice out?
• Child: (Answers) Yes! 1, 2, 3,… etc.
• Parent: Good job! Now, let’s add sugar. For one lemon we need two teaspoons of sugar. How much sugar do we need for three lemons?
• Parent: Awesome. Now let us stir the mixture till the sugar is dissolved. Can we stir the mixture five times clockwise and the other five anti-clockwise?
• Child: Yes. (Happily stirs the imaginary mixture)
• Parent: Now, in the last step, let’s add water. And voilà. The lemonade is ready. Let’s drink it.
• Child & Parent: Drink the imaginary lemonade and take a nap.

Most young children love this imaginary cooking game. Parents can encourage their children to make different things every day such as chocolate cake, banana bread, jalebi, ice cream, or any other favourite dishes. It fosters creativity and fuels their imagination. Parents should also include different mathematical concepts to practice throughout the activity. Ask the child to hop, jump, or skip just to add some fun element.

Do you like this activity? Will you try it at home? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

##### Mekhala Joshi

“Me-kha-la!” That happens at least once when she introduces herself to new people. She wholeheartedly believes in the quote by Arthur Rubinstein that says – “if you love life, life will love you back”. She is an organizational psychologist and psychometrician. She was a class teacher of 36 adorable girls for two years, grades 2 & 3, as a part of the Teach For India Fellowship. These little girls have a special place in her heart, and when she writes for children, she writes for them!

Kinjalk

June 3, 2021

Good activity

Bhubaneswari Swain

May 27, 2021

Really aswome ,,children love mathematics if they learn in this way..

Sunandana Kar

May 26, 2021

I will try this!
It will surely be fun!
Thank you so much Byju’s ❤️??

May 26, 2021

Very nice l will try it.

Raj bamne

May 22, 2021

Nice activity enjoyed kids

Devansh singh

May 22, 2021

Good

Pranathi

May 20, 2021

Super

Grishma

May 17, 2021

Lovely game Mekhala. U seem to be fun !
All the best

Smita srivastava

May 16, 2021

Great practice for kids

Manreetkaur

May 15, 2021

Nice activity, enjoyed by kids.

Mayra

May 15, 2021

Mayra enjoy this activity

May 14, 2021

Nice method. I’ll try it.

Vaidehi Singh

May 14, 2021

Very nice & enjoyed this activity

Angel Mary Robert

May 14, 2021

Nice

Prakash kodak

May 14, 2021

Good mathematic game help children to understand while makeing the lemon juice the rule of maths

Zaina abdulaziz

May 13, 2021

Good

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