Real Life Math: Family Movie Night
One our family’s well-loved traditions is Friday Night Pizza Night.
We change into our PJs, take our spots around the living room, and settle in for a night of relaxation with one another while snacking on yummy pizza and snacks.
A couple weeks ago Jake and I started to make a more intentional effort to play with math in our everyday lives with the kids. One way we did this was to turn our Friday Night Pizza Night into a theater. The kids made movie tickets. I created the concession stand. Each child got $10 and could spend it any way they wanted to. If they didn’t spend all of their money the first time around, they could go back to the concession stand and buy something else during the movie.
For our concession stand we used:
- 2 kinds of pizza, one cut into squares and another into triangles
- caramel corn
- Mike ‘n Ikes
We found this was a meaningful way for kids to recognize how what they’re learning and practicing in math is applicable to real life:
- They determined how much change they got back after buying their movie ticket and how much money they had left to spend on snacks.
- They figured out different combinations of spending their money as they were deciding what to buy.
- The older ones helped the younger ones make good decisions on how to spend their money.
The kids loved it! While I wouldn’t do this every week, I think in the future it’d be fun to change up all the prices and how much money they’re given to start with to practice with larger numbers. It also helped me to see where they were with problem-solving, addition, and subtraction, and observing what strategies they used will help me to know how to support their math learning in the future.
Are there any fun ways you play with math in your house?