SMMART MATH: PUDDING MATH
Make up a batch of pudding with your child’s assistance. Have your child pour the milk into a bowl and whisk at it for a while...
...I just discovered the easiest way to make boxed pudding mixes! Take a plastic salad dressing tumbler and fill it with the needed amount of milk (so easy, since the measuring lines are right on the plastic tumbler-I picked mine up at a dollar store). Empty in the powder packet and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE! The directions said to stir for about 3 minutes or so, but I only shook for a little over ONE MINUTE and tah-dah! Done! One container that got messy...no messy utensils and now just pour out the pudding into serving dishes or onto a cookie sheet for this activity.
Let your child smear the pudding over the surface of a cookie sheet. Encourage your child write numbers into the pudding with her finger and then smear the pudding surface smooth again with the back of a spoon. You can even write the pudding numbers and let your child trace your numbers with her finger, if she needs a little direction. Works great for letters too!
Help your child become familiar with math notation. Write math problems into the pudding and help your child solve the problem and write the answer.