We have a running joke in our house about the 'bigger half'.
My daughter started it when she was younger -- we would ask if she wanted to split a sandwich or cookie with someone and her reply was always "Yes, but I want the bigger half!"
We tried to explain that half meant two equal amounts -- but that didn't go over in her mind.
"Just cut it like this Mommy" as she showed me a line that clearly allowed one part of the item to be larger than the other.
"But that's not half, Honey. If we split it, than we would both get the same amount."
Her reply -- "Oh, than I don't want half. I want more." :)
What I realized as a parent is that we introduce the idea of fractions very early in a child's life --
Half a cookie or the slices of a pizza
Counting out an equal number of blocks or legos on a playdate so everyone has equal amounts
Using measuring cups when kids cook with us in the kitchen
All those activities involve fractions but I know that I'm not always the best about pointing out when we are learning with fractions. So today we're sharing great books & easy hands-on activities that help kids learn about the idea of "parts of a whole" -- and it's part of an awesome month-long series on maths hosted by Peakle Pie & 20 bloggers who love to share unique ideas for math activities!