California Early Math Project 2019

Pretend Soup

Resources for Pretend Soup:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

Satisfy your taste buds with 19 different kid friendly recipes!


Math Connections: Use this book to introduce:

Spatial relationships         Counting

Measurement                    Fractions

Cause and effect              Sequencing

Time                                  Estimating



Activities to Do Together: 

  • Try some of the recipes in the book.

  • Make up some recipes of your own with your child.

  • Compare different measurements like a teaspoon versus a tablespoon, a quarter of a cup versus a half of a cup.

  • Double a recipe.

  • Figure out if you have enough ingredients to make a certain recipe.

  • Estimate the amount of time it will take to complete the recipe before you begin. Keep track of how long it actually takes.


Extension Questions: 

  1. Have you cooked before? What did you make? Describe what you did first, next, and last. 

  2. Do you think the order of the steps and ingredients in a recipe matter? Why or why not?

  3. If a recipe will feed 2 people, what would you need to do to feed 4 people? If a recipe will feed 8 people, but you only want to feed 4 people, what would you do?


Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, center, cup, halfway, minutes, on, pound, side, tablespoon, teaspoon, top