Math is certainly not my favorite subject as I’ve confessed before. But one reason I think that I -and often my kids- find math tedious is that the subject can be dry and boring. But not lately. The younger girls and I have been reviewing *Eat Your Math Homework *from Ann McCallum Books, and learning math this way is anything but boring.

I have to admit that the title drew me. I saw that real recipes were involved, and my younger girls love to cook. I saw that math was involved, and I’m always looking for help there. I talked the book up to them, so when it arrived for review, we were all excited.

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*Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds* by Ann McCallum; illustrated by Leeza Hernandez

*Eat Your Math Homework *is a paperback book. The age recommendation for the book on the site is 7-10 years. It contains an introduction; kitchen tips, including the always helpful tip to make sure to have the help of an adult when needed; six fun, math-related recipes; a review of the math concepts covered; a glossary of math terms, and an index. The recipes vary in difficulty, but none was particularly difficult. They include:

- Fibonacci Snack Sticks which cover the math concept of the Fibonacci number sequence
- Fraction Chips which deal with fractions and fractional equalities
- Tessellating Two-Color Brownies which illustrate the concept of a tessellation
- Milk and Tangram Cookies which allow kids to make geometric tangram shapes out of cookies
- Variable Pizza Pi which introduces the concepts of pi, constants and variables, and circumference
- Probability Snack Mix which deals with theoretical and experimental probability

*Eat Your Math Homework*with my younger girls 10 and 11, and even though they are on the upper end of the recommended age range, I found that some of the math concepts covered were still pretty meaty for them- especially if we discussed them in detail with our recipe/activity and then worked on them more in depth. The recipes all have a beginning section that introduces the concept, the recipe itself, and then activities that are used with the recipe to illustrate the math concept. Here’s a glimpse of two of our favorite activities from the book.

**Fraction Chips**

**Probability Trail Mix**

**What did we think?**

*Eat Your Math Homework*for math that day. Although there is some reading to set up each activity, it’s well written and not extremely long, so the girls weren’t antsy waiting to get to the “fun stuff.”

*Eat Your Math Homework*because there are fun lessons to learn even when things go wrong.

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