Teaching your little one about fractions is easy as pie! Sorry… so cliché, but I couldn’t resist. Actually, I’ve never really understood that “easy as pie” expression because I’ve actually tried making pie crust from scratch and it is NOT easy!
Back to fractions, I actually had one of these Felt Fraction Pies when I was a kid. My Mom (a former kindergarten teacher) made it for us to play with. Mostly we’d use it to play make believe in our pretend kitchen, but it was a great introduction to the concept of fractions.
I owe a big thank you to my sister Heather — she is a total Supermom. Heather recently re-created a Felt Fraction Pie for her teaching math to her kids, and she made this tutorial for us to share on the blog.
Felt Fraction Pie Ingredients:
:: Pie tin or round cake pan
:: Three pieces of felt, each a different color
:: Straight Edge
:: Permanent Marker
1. Place your chosen pan on your first piece of felt (ours was pink) and trace a circle using the pan as a guide.
2. Cut out the circle along inside of the traced marker line.
3. Using a straight edge create a line that divides your pink circle in half. Write the labels “Half” and “1/2” on both sides of the pink pie.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the remaining two felt pieces, only divide the second piece into quarters and the third piece leave whole.
5. Cut apart the half and quarter so you have pie “slices.”
Now your little one is ready to make some Fraction Pie. Enjoy!1