Montessori Activity Review: Pizza Fraction Fun Game

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Montessori Activity Review: Pizza Fraction Fun Game

This is the latest addition to my son’s collection and both of us love it!

The Pizza Fraction Fun Game consists of pizza slices of various sizes that can be used to play seven games that aim to teach basic math concepts including fractions, additions and subtractions. While some of the games in the set are appropriate for children over the age of 7 years, the tool itself can be toned down and customized according to the needs of younger children, like my son, Vikram. Each game requires two to four players, and the equivalency key at the end of the instruction manual is like a “cheat sheet” that can give important clues to aid younger children.

My son is five years old and goes to kindergarten at a Montessori school in California. He has always loved math. In fact, Vikram learned addition and subtraction while he was still at preschool. He soon progressed to fractions and basic multiplication in kindergarten. His teacher employed a variety of techniques such as work sheets and “hands on” Montessori materials to teach him these concepts. I was looking to supplement his learning with some fun, Montessori-type activities at home, and that is when I found the Pizza Fraction Fun game.

The cool thing about this game is the pizza itself. “I love pizza!” my son exclaimed as I opened the game. That got me thinking: I do not know of a kid that doesn’t love pizza or doesn’t get attracted to it. I wonder why.

Anyway, I started explaining different sizes of the pizza slices, and we started comparing them to a fractions worksheet he had done at school. He soon started talking about dividing the pizza among his friends at his next play date. I liked the fact that this game was teaching practical applications of mathematical ideas. My son could relate to it easily.

Making A Pizza!

Montessori Pizza Fraction FunInitially, we ignored the game instructions and started using the game pieces like a puzzle. We arranged different-sized slices to make a pizza, and counted how many pieces were required to make a whole pizza. Soon our conversation drifted to other concepts. This happens every time I sit with Vikram to work on one of the Montessori toys. They allow us to have conversations about topics that are tangentially related to the actual activity. Today, we talked about the different toppings on the pizza slices, and the benefits of fruits and vegetables.

Next, we sorted the pizza slices into piles according to their size. Each slice has the specific fraction numeral on one side. First, we sorted the slices by placing the numerals face up. Next, we sorted the fraction pieces based on their size, without looking at the numbers. He could easily identify the halves and the one-thirds but was confused about the smaller sizes such as 1/8 and 1/16 initially. He was, however, more comfortable after a few attempts.

Mixed-Topping Pizza

Then we started playing our first game which involved identifying and estimating fractions to make a whole pizza. We had to use the spinner that comes with the game for turns and directions, instead of the dice. While this was more complicated and challenging when compared to the simple puzzle tasks, it made the game interesting and interactive. Vikram also learned to wait for his turn and follow the rules of the game. It is great for five year olds who have started enjoying board games. It also helps young children understand winning and losing, which is important for their overall development. (And more peaceful play dates.)

Vikram spent the next fifteen to twenty minutes playing the game alone and fixing the pieces to form a whole pizza. He even opened a restaurant in the house and served “pizza” to everyone who visited us that day, showing that this is a great role play tool as well.

I love the fact that, unlike traditional toys and puzzles, this game does not have a short-life span. The set has six other games which require kids to understand, manipulate and match fraction equivalents. These games are more complicated than the game we played and may be above the level of a typical five or six year old, and I’m confident that Vikram would be interested in playing these games even as he grows older.

Montessori Toys For The Home: Pizza Fraction Fun

Learning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun Game

Pizza Fraction Fun teaches important concepts to children, and they learn them unknowingly while having fun and playing a game. This functional educational toy is a great Montessori tool for older kids. The game has finely crafted cardboard pizza slices, spinners and a clear instruction manual. Buy your own on Amazon.com

Shamala

About Shamala


Shamala is a big believer of the Montessori system and has a five year old son in kindergarten at a Montessori school in California. She is also a freelance writer with more than five years of experience in web content writing.

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