Use Dried Fruit as a Teaching Tool
One way to make math fun and help your child form meaningful connections to numerical symbols and quantities is by using our California dried fruit as three-dimensional teaching tools.
Young children can explore the concept of ratios by sorting and counting our Baker’s Fruit Medley Blend. Have the student take a handful of our colorful dried fruit blend and place it on the table. Then ask them to sort out the peaches, apricots, golden raisins, dark raisins, and cranberries into separate piles. Ask your student to recite colors, and count the number of individual pieces of dried fruit in each pile. Have them record how many pieces of fruit are in each pile on a separate piece of paper.
Your student can also compare each fruit type to the total number of fruit pieces in the whole sample.
Older students can use our dried fruit to understand multiplication or division. Ask them to sort our California Sun Dried Apricots into an array by forming equal rows and columns to visualize the factors being multiplied. Have them record the values on a separate piece of paper.
1 x 3 = 3 or 3 x 1 =3
2 x 3 = 6 or 3 x 2 = 6
3 x 3 = 9 or 3 x 3 = 9
The best part is they can tell their teacher they ate their math.