Number Salad

Fruit SaladToday we tried out a recipe for Number Salad from the book, Pretend Soup by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson. Pretend Soup is a wonderful cooking resource for families with young children. The steps for each recipe are clearly numbered and illustrated so children of any age can fully participate in the process. There are many educational concepts that children can gain from cooking. This recipe in particular gave my three year old the opportunity to practice: following directions, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, measuring and counting skills.

Materials & Resources
Montessori, Practical Life Activity – Using a Blunt Knife
Great, Healthy Toddler Recipes – Weelicious


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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