Today we made some cupcakes. They were Toy Story cupcakes from a kit. The purchase had been my bribe for Little Man and Little Miss for coming grocery shopping with me. They could choose one thing each- be that sweets or yoghurt- within reason. They each chose a pack of cupcake mix.
Little Man and I finally got around to making his cupcakes when Mini Man was sleeping and while Little Miss was in school. We mixed the dough, baked them and set about decorating. The kit comes with icing sugar too to make up the icing on top and little printed wafers with Toy Story figures on them. We decided to add a bit of colour to the icing. Little Man chose blue.
In the car on the school run I said that they could have one cupcake each when we got home. After we got home I got distracted by a phone call and tending to Mini Man. In the meantime I heard lots of suspicious giggles from the kitchen… never a good sign, wouldn’t you agree?
Well, by the time I got off the phone and got into the kitchen instead of 10 cupcakes there were only 2 left! And the finger pointing started as to who had how many.
Little Miss claimed she had 4, but put one back. Little Man admitted to somewhere between 3 and 4, but looked especially cheeky.
Then in the next half an hour another 2 cupcakes appeared from their hiding place.
Little Miss claimed that Little Man had had 4, she’d had 3 and was sticking to her answer. So we did the maths with her:
– If you ate 3 and there are 4 left, how many is that?
– That’s 7!- she calculated
– If there were 10 and we know what happened to 7, how many did Little Man eat?
– 4!- she replied
…and she looked very confused, because doing the sums she kept on coming up with either the wrong total of 11, when using her assumption of Little Man having 4 or having to contradict herself on how many she believed Little Man had had.
We thrashed the numbers out a couple more times- approaching it from different angles, subtracting, adding
… eventually she conceded they had both had 3.
It was a brilliant way to apply basic maths, practice adding and subtracting with a 5 year old.
Who stole how many cupcakes? Cheeky monkeys! 😀