Package 4-5 Measuring muffins
Measurement - This is a fun activity that is also an opportunity to spend some time being creative with your child while learning about measuring, multiplication and problem solving.
Things you need
Have these things available so your child can complete this task.
Ingredients for blueberry muffin recipe (available below)
Sieve, large bowl, wooden spoon, spoon, oven, 12 hole muffin tin, skewer ,wire rack
Measuring jug, weighing scales
Paper and pencil
Counter, coins or other small set of countable objects such as Lego bricks
If your child has allergies or does not like blueberries use one of your own recipes. for muffins or biscuits. The recipe should be in metric measurements – grams, millilitres.
See your own recipe for requirements.
Conversion measurements if needed.
Before you start
This is a fun activity that is also an opportunity to spend some time being creative with your child. It is important to allow enough time for the practical activity so that it doesn’t become stressful. Also, you may want to decide ahead of time who is going to be responsible for cleaning the dishes and who will clean the workspace.
Remember this is a shared activity and you will be using a hot oven. If you prefer, you could take charge of putting things in and taking things out of the oven.
Make sure you have all of the ingredients and equipment ready for your activity and a damp cloth or two for if things get messy.
You and your child are going to be working with metric measurements. It will be useful before you start the activity to check that your child can read the scale on your measuring jug in millilitres and on your weighing scale in grams.
What your child needs to know and do
Your child is going to help you bake muffins or another recipe of your choice that makes muffins or biscuits.
Blueberry muffin recipe
295 grams self-raising flour
90 grams salted butter
150 grams brown sugar
125 grams fresh blueberries
250 millilitres milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (160 degrees fan forced) and grease a 12-hole muffin tin.
2. Sift the flour into the large bowl. Using fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
3. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the blueberries, milk and lightly beaten eggs. Gently stir until just combined.
4. Carefully spoon the mixture into the greased tin.
5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of 1 muffin comes out clean.
6. Leave the muffins in the tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool.
What to do next
Before the muffins are shared and eaten, but after the washing up has been done ask your child to consider the following questions.
Imagine that the muffins have been baked for a family of four. How many would each person in the family get?
What other sized groups of people could you divide the muffins between and ensure that everyone got at least 1 muffin?
Ask your child if they would like to bake the muffins for their class at school when everyone is able to go back. The recipe gives the ingredients to make enough batter for 12 muffins. How many batches of the recipe would they have to make in order to make sure everyone in their class (and the teacher of course) gets at least one whole muffin?
Activity too hard?
If you think this is going to be tricky for your child, stick to whole multiples, for example, they might double the recipe for 24 or triple for 36.
Ask your child then to rewrite the recipe so there is enough of each ingredient to make 2 or 3 batches.
On completion ask your child if this is a practical way of baking. Would all of the ingredients fit into the bowl? Do you have another muffin tin?
Activity too easy?
For students who are confident with decimals and fractions they could rewrite the recipe to make exactly 30 muffins.
On completion ask your child if this is a practical way of baking. Would all of the ingredients fit into the bowl? Do you have another muffin tin? Would it be better to bake the batches one after the other and leave the recipe as written?
Eat, and enjoy, the muffins!