Handi-Skill Spotlight: Serving Sizes

I don’t know how things work in your house, but on the rare occasion that I bring home fun cereal, it disappears at the speed of light. Invariably, one (or both) children feel like they didn’t get their fair share.

This past week, Momma wised up and came up with a solution. It’s so easy that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier. Dividing it into serving sizes!

Serving sizes for Math Lesson

As I began to look at the side of the box, I realized – what am I doing?!? “Hey, Rex, come here. How much is a serving size of this cereal?” To which he replied, “About a bowl.” So, we had a lesson on serving sizes. Think of how many skills are used in order to divide up a box of cereal!

  • How to find the serving size using the information on the box (3/4 cup).
  • Look at the number of servings in the box (12).
  • Divide that number by the number in our family (4) to come up with how many servings he got to have (3).
  • Figure out how much cereal he should put in his zip bag by multiplying his servings by the serving size (2 1/4 cup).
  • Find the correct size measuring cup to most easily use for a situation (3/4 cup in our house) and how many scoops are necessary (3). {Of course, if he had realized that there was a 3/4 cup scoop, he could have cut out some of the other stuff – but, I didn’t let that cat out of the bag.}

After he finished the exercise, I called out “Monkey, come here,” and started the process all over again. So, in about 5 – 10 minutes, they worked easily {and naturally} with fractions, multiplication, division, and algebraall to earn some breakfast cereal. {We’ll get to the health side of the issue later.}

Dividing Cereal to Practice Math

If the goals are real, then the motivation is natural, and math doesn’t need to be scary at all. {My friend, Bon, over at Math Four would be so proud of me!} Have you found easy ways to practice math in everyday life? Won’t you share them in the comments {or, just tell me hi – I’d love to hear from you}!


8 Thoughts on “Handi-Skill Spotlight: Serving Sizes

  1. I’m totally going to do this! I love the idea.

  2. We’ve done a similar exercise and the kids were shocked at what a serving actually looked like. They were having a ‘bowl or two’ which ended up being 4 servings!
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    • Gidget on October 6, 2012 at 1:43 am said:

      Wow – I’m glad we didn’t actually measure out how many servings they were really having :)

  3. This is wonderful. The weirdest thing is that I’M always shocked at what a serving size is. No wonder I’m always overweight!
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  4. Love this lesson. In fact, we just stopped our normal lessons and did this. :) Thanks!
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