One way to make math fun is by using hands on materials. This pizza math game is perfect for counting, adding and subtracting, or learning fractions!
How to Make the Pizza:
- A cardboard circle from a frozen pizza
- Glue gun
- Colored Construction paper
Using a ruler, I divided the circle into eight equal parts. Next, I glued the colored paper and then cut out small toppings.
Now for the fun! There are so many things that you can do with this fun manipulative.
For Little Ones
- Count the pizzas slices- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Add slices- 1 + 1 = 2
- Beginning subtraction- Mommy ate one piece of pizza, how many are left?
- Pretend play- pizza shop
- P is for pizza!
For K-4 Learners:
- Beginning fractions- show 1/2, 1/4, etc.
- Equivalent fractions- 1/2 is the same as 2/4 of the pizza or 4/8 of the pizza.
- Adding fractions- 1/2 + 1/2 = 2/2 or 1 whole pizza or 1/8 + 1/8 = 2/8 (show using manipulative)
- Roll a fraction- (put fractions on a cube) and race for the most slices of pizza
- Story problems- Sally ate 2/8 of the pizza and Bill ate 1/4- How much is left? Kids can have fun creating their own problems as well!
- Play pizza shop- Set up a small store, sell slices, make change.
After playing pizza math, reward your math whiz with a slice of real PIZZA!
Written by Jen