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Would You like some Math with that?

August 13, 2010

I loved trying to find concrete ways to reinforce math concepts with the boys during their Pre-K years. 1:1 correspondence is a concept that is needed to understand that 1 object is 1; 2 objects are 2 – that a number corresponds with a quantity. Games like Hi Ho Cherry-o is a good game to get this concept.

When trying to find a good way to do this for Connor, I went right for his stomach. French Fry Math. I went to our nearest fast food restaurant and asked to have 10 french fry containers and explained why.  They were happy to give them to me. Both boys probably had more fun with this learning activity than any other math activity we did (other than cooking).

French Fry Math

For this project you’ll need:

  1. 10 french fry cartons. Get them from a local fast food restaurant, or make your own using this template.
  2. 1 piece of yellow craft foam. You might need a 2nd sheet, just in case.
  3. hook and loop tape (optional)
  4. Marker or stickers


  • After creating your cartons, label each one from numbers 1-10 using stickers or writing with a bold pen in large characters.
  • Cut out 55 french fries. 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10
  • Place the hook side of hook and loop tape on the back of each container. This way, they can be mounted onto a felt board. You can also just lean them again a solid surface if you don’t have a felt board.
  • Practice with your toddler/preschooler placing the correct number of french fries into each carton. This activity helps reinforce counting, 1:1 correspondence and sorting.

Here’s a layout I did awhile back when Aiden began using them in earnest. He loved the McD’s jingle (bah-bah-bah-bah-baaah, I’m lovin’ it) and called he restaurant Buh-Buh for the longest time. So we named the activity Buh-Buh math just for him.

click on image for credits’s even more fun! We’re going to give away this set of math manipulatives!.

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