Pasta is not only yummy, but a great tool to teach some math concepts to kids of all ages while having a lot of fun. Keep your kids entertained while cooking, or make an afternoon project out of it.
For the Little Ones
This is Elementary
Middle schoolers can learn with pasta, too. How about finding the ratio between different types of pasta? Take two types of pasta and find part-to-part ratios and part-to-whole ratios. If the ratio is known, can I find the missing number of one type of pasta? Find equivalent ratios and make a ratio table. You can even graph these ratios. There is no limit!
What is better suited for learning about unit conversion than food items? Measure the weight of pasta and convert pounds into ounces, pounds into kilograms or grams and the other way around. You can even use units like tons and micrograms to make it more fun and challenging. Extra challenge: Find out the weight of one piece of pasta.
Practice graphing: There are so many different ways to represent numbers of pasta pieces, and this is the time to practice. Draw Venn diagrams, dot plots, bar graphs, line plots, etc.
These are just a few ideas. There are so many more things to do with pasta. Get creative! And if you are running out of pasta because ...you know… then just use different types of dry beans :) Have fun!