Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Painted Fraction Cookies

This is a fun way activity to do when learning about fractions. 

You will need:

  • Sugar cookie dough that can be rolled into shapes. 
  • Several colors of cookie paint (see recipe below) 
  • Clean paint brushes to dip in the cookie paint (one brush for each color)

What you do:

  1. Roll out the cookie dough into simple shapes like circles, hearts, and rectangles (some long and some short).
  2. Before baking, use a pizza cutter or knife to press lines on the top of the unbaked cookie to divide it into sections to represent fractions (halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, and sixths). Then let the children paint the sections of the cookies to represent fractions. For example, if the fraction they are painting is 2/3, then two of the thirds of that cookie should be painted the same color.
  3. If desired, sprinkle a little sugar (or add a little sugar to the paint first)
Cookie Paint Recipes
Egg-Yolk Paint
 • 1 egg yolk
 • 1/4 tsp water
 • food coloring
 • a little sugar, if desired

Egg-white Paint
Separate an egg and add lots of food coloring to egg white and stir with a fork until all the color is mixed in. Add a little sugar, if desired. This will be a more transparent paint than the egg yolk paint. 

Recommended song: 
I'm Just a Fraction by Sherri Boekweg

I'm Just a Fraction

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