Our tabletop surprises are rocking and rolling this summer, but one thing that really, truly got the kids’ attention was our first (we have another planned!) chocolate day.
The whole focus was chocolate, and friends, it was pretty sweet if I do say so myself.
Who wouldn’t like to talk math and chocolate?
Here’s the skinny. . .
Chocolate Math–Age by Chocolate:
The premise of this day’s activity was twofold–1. figure out their age by chocolate; and 2. watch the multiplying chocolate video and try to figure it out themselves.
Figuring out Age by Chocolate is tricky but fun.
Some of the math was a bit difficult for Cora, but we walked her through it, and I’m pretty sure it helped. She hasn’t done big multiplication yet, but she will this year in grade three.
Age by math was simply completing this little printable where no matter what number you choose first, as the number of times that you each chocolate each week, your age should come out in the end.
Please, if you choose to share this printable–and we hope you do!–please link to this post instead of the attachment page. Thank you!
Pretty cool, right?
I think so, too! And Maddy, Owen, and Cora were also impressed.
But they were really, really impressed with the multiplying chocolate videos. Don’t we all wish that this could be true? That we could make chocolate appear simply by cutting and moving candy pieces a certain way?
I sure do!
Multiplying Chocolate is super cool to watch.
Here it is as a .gif:
And here’s the video:
Leave some chocolate bars on the table, and see what your kids can do. (Of course, be careful with knives, friends. . . ).
We tried it but couldn’t get the chocolate to cut straight enough–so we broke the chocolate and ate it.
I mean. Come on. It’s summer.
I simply placed the following on the table and let the kids go–
It was a hit as far as tabletop surprises go, and I’m thrilled that we have another chocolate day coming up soon.
It’ll be all about fractions using chocolate bars, and though I can’t wait for the kids to try it, I am already sad just thinking that summer will be ending soon (sob!). How can we really be on week six of ten of our 2015 tabletop surprises?
So there you have it–just a fun and sneaky way to get the kids doing a little bit of mathy math in the middle of summer and thinking about things in a little different kind of way.
Pretty neat, right?
Have you tried this before? Has it worked? Do share!
fyi: Huge and happy thanks to Murderous Maths for sharing the Age by Chocolate formula. I am not even going to pretend to be a math whiz, friends, and many of you know it. I am doing the best I can with what I have. Also thanks to this site for the chocolate bar illustration.