Mace has been learning his “doubles” for the past couple of weeks. I don’t know about your 1st grade boy, but my 1st grade boy is not a fan of drilling math facts.
He is, however, a fan of pumpkin bread.
(Shush — Flamingo Joe is the exception that proves the rule.)
So this afternoon, while doubling a pumpkin bread recipe (it’s such a pain to keep having to make pumpkin bread every three or four days, isn’t it? Why not just make a lot!?), it occurred to me (at about the time I realized we would be using no less than eight eggs in a doubled recipe) that doubling a recipe is a great opportunity to review math fact doubles, especially if you are splitting the doubled ingredients between the two boys. For example, the pumpkin bread recipe calls for 4 cups of flour. We were doubling the recipe, so we needed 8 cups of flour. So Mace got to put in 4 cups and Casey put in 4 cups. Mace put in 3 cups of sugar and then Casey put in 3 cups of sugar and that made 6 total cups of sugar. It was a great chance to use doubles facts.
Here’s a handy tip if you want to try this math review lesson with your kids — when doubling a recipe, make sure you also double the size of the bowl in which you’re mixing double ingredients. Seems fairly obvious, I know, but you’ll thank me when it’s time to do the dishes if you’ll remember to start with the largest container in your home.
8 cups of flour, 6 cups of sugar, several teaspoons worth of spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt, did not fit into the bowl of our Kitchen Aid mixer . . . and we still needed to add in 2 cups of oil, 2 cans of pumpkin, 1 1/3 cups of water, and 8 eggs to the mixture.
So we found a larger bowl:
Hmm . . . not large enough. So we sent Grandma hunting for an even larger bowl. She came back with a round roasting pan.
It all fit!
Of course, it took two bread bans, six mini bread pans, one mini-muffin pan, and one regular muffin pan to get all of that batter cooked . . . leaving us with triple the amount of dishes to wash (how does that math work?) and enough pumpkin bread to last until Thanksgiving.
Not really. It will all be gone by Sunday and then we’ll have to make more to review triples facts.
I’m going to need a much bigger bowl — or I could just use the bathtub.