Math Fun with Fraction Pie

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Make Math Fun (and YUMMY!) with PIE!

So we officially started homeschooling this week, and I’m so so happy about it already.  (I’m just hoping this excitement holds me over through those rough days the veteran homeschooling mamas warn me about…)  What I’m loving most about homeschooling so far?  Integrating learning into our everyday life and therefore making that learning more authentic for the kids.  For instance, Sawyer learned about fractions in his 2nd grade Time4Learning lessons today.  (A post all about Time4Learning will be coming soon!)  And what better way to practice fractions than with food, right?!  Especially Apple Pie!  And I just knew this recipe would be the perfect one to make healthier with the Smart Balance spread we were sent to try.  Check it out…

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“Fraction Pie” Math Fun

We found the book Eating Fractions at the library that was a perfect introduction to making our “Fraction Pie.”  It includes lots of other food, too.  But making apple pie allowed us to use fractions while cutting the apples, measuring, and cutting the pie, too.  Perfect.

Ingredients - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

First, of course, we had to skin and cut the apples.  We used about 8 empire apples.  And I had the kids watch me and name the fractions while I cut each apple first in half, then in fourths.  Then Priscilla got some good fine motor practice cutting them up smaller with a duller butter knife.  And we counted them while we put them all in the bowl.

Apple Fractions - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

I don’t usually measure the sugar and cinnamon when I’m making apple pie filling, but I really wanted the kids to notice the fractions on the measuring cups.  So we measured out a cup of sugar and used the 1/2 cup separate it into two halves so we could see that the two half cups of sugar were the same volume.  Then we tossed 1/2 cup into the apples.  Then we measured out 1/4 cup cinnamon, which we learned once all mixed up was WAY TOO MUCH!  I highly recommend 1/8 cup (or less?) when making yours.  (Did I mention that I don’t usually measure…?)

Measuring - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

Priscilla got those gross motor skills going while stirring up all of the apples and pouring it into the pie crust lined pan.

Stirring - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

Once it was in the pan, we sprinkled it with some flour.  Which was a fun sensory experience for Priscilla since she kept commenting that the four was “so soft!”  And dotted the top with some chunks of Smart Balance Butter & Canola Oil Blend.

Sprinkling Flour - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

After we laid the other (*ahem* store-bought *ahem*) pie crust on top, I showed Sawyer how to crimp the edges the way my Grandma showed me.

Edging the Pie - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

And our “Fraction Pie” was ready for the oven!  We covered the edges with foil and baked it for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees.

Fraction Pie - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

Once the pie was all baked, we got to the best math fun of all – fractioning off the pie for EATING!  I let Sawyer practice his knife handling skills and announce the fractions while carefully cutting the pie for us.

Cutting Fractions - Math Fun with Apple Pie at B-Inspired Mama

Smart Balance Helps Make Baking (& Learning!) Healthier!

I was really impressed with how easy it was to substitute our typical butter with the heart-healthier Smart Balance in our apple pie recipe.  Not only does it have less saturated fat, but also has omega-3s and other vitamins to improve health.

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And now that we’re homeschooling, and making learning part of our everyday, I’m sure we’ll be baking much more often.  So healthier ingredients are a huge plus!  I’ll also be checking out Smart Balance’s other healthier products like milk, peanut butter and mayo, too.  If you’re interested in learning more about Smart Balance and trying some recipes with your family, hop on over to Smart Balance for a complimentary 14-day meal plan.

How do you make learning and math fun for your kids?  Make sure to stop by The Weekly Kids Co-Op Link Party to share your ideas with us, too!   

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smart Balance.  All opinions are authentic and my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

About Krissy Bonning-Gould

Krissy Bonning-Gould is a former art teacher turned full-time mama of 3 who authors B-Inspired Mama to share inspiration for simple kids crafts, family recipes, learning fun, and creative parenting.

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