I was impressed by this instant calculation. Simple, yes, but a good example of mathematical problem solving, and of the importance of numbers in everyday life. Half a cupcake is definitely better than none at all!
On another occasion, while baking cupcakes for a class party at our daughter's school, I realised what good practice baking in Australia is for kids to practice basic fractions! I say 'in Australia' because here measurements are done largely in 'cups'. (Growing up in England I learned to bake using pounds and ounces (lbs and oz)!)
So for example for these cupcakes the recipe asks for:
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 cup SR flour
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Since our daughter is just starting out with fractions - this was great for her to find the right cup to use, and to see the relative sizes of those cups too.
To slip in a bit of maths practice while doing something fun like this is great! It also shows the kids how what they are learning at school - is relevant and useful in daily life!
When we'd made the cupcakes - our daughter then iced them with little Japanese flags ! Perfect for the party!
Do you bake with your kids? What measurements do you use?