Math Time Fun With Goldfish® Princess crackers

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We are sharing some fun after school math play with Goldfish® Princess crackers as part of a sponsored post. 

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This past year learning has taken a huge jump for the Little One.

Gone are the preschool days where it’s more about play time… now that she is in a mixed 1-6th grade class she actually wants to end playing early to keep on learning about more math and reading. We have been pretty good about reading a book each night before bed for reading practice and I’ve been trying to think of fun new ways to make math more fun too. Thankfully my middle daughter remembered her favorite way to learn math basics and that was with Goldfish®!

The girls all were educated in a Montessori manner which emphasizes hands on learning, so this was a perfect fit to how the little one is already learning at school… and then when we saw the new Goldfish Princess crackers we just knew the Little One would love this idea! She is the ultimate Princess fan… her whole room is decorated with princess EVERYTHING! Plus since Goldfish are one of her favorite kids snacks on the planet, we knew this would be a hit with her!

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It’s all about the presentation for this one!

We set up a little princess table with Goldfish Princess crackers, her favorite ice water drink (we just add some lemon flavor to her water), a tiara, and a dress for her to put on. It was all waiting for her when she came home from school. She squealed when she saw everything set up because she knew she was in for some fun!

And there was a lot of fun that afternoon!

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Using the Goldfish we worked some math problems. She totally got it and loved snacking on any extras in each problem she solved!

I used plain pieces of paper to let her write out some of the problems herself (after I made the initial ones to show her how). I started by writing 14+10=___, and then we added 14 Goldfish under the number 14, and 10 Goldfish under then number 10, and then she added up the two piles to get the answer!

She was so proud of herself to be able to solve it all on her own!

You could easily use a dry erase board too… but the little one liked to keep the pages to look back on the problems she was able to solve. I even saw her later in the week going back and setting them up again to solve.

#GoldfishTales math time fun with kids

It would be fun to make some of these ahead of time in packs of 1’s -10’s (1+1, 1+2, etc,) and maybe even laminate them. Or you can buy some that are already pre made. That way you or your little ones can take them out on their own and use them over and over again!

If you have a Princess fan in your home I totally recommend using the Goldfish Princess crackers and a tiara to make it even more special.

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There was some major math celebrations happening and some “please take my picture with this one because I did it all on my own” shenanigans happening too! I see a math “wall of fame” in our future too to hang all of the problems she solves, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

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  • I have all boys, so we will stick with the “regular” goldfish, but my boys also love to play with them. So fun!

    • I didn’t either until this week. I came across them in Target, and knew my little princess would adore them! They are so cute.

  • It’s always fun to play with food, especially pink food! We love to snack on goldfish and use them as a motivator for learning too! (Our favorites are the rainbow ones, but we’ll have to keep an eye out for the Princess fish!)

  • We have tried some of the newer flavors of goldfish. Really like the Brownie flavor. Didn’t know they made princess ones. These are way too cute!!

  • My daughter loved brightly colored food when she was little, like that pink butter! She would have been all over these.

  • This is such a fun learning activity! I would like to try something similar to this but use subtraction or multiplication instead.

  • Ohh if these are still around when my toddler is older this would be a great idea! My 3rd grader is learning division but I could probably work out how to use the crackers for that too!

  • We love goldfish and actually I just pulled them out a bit ago to help little Man with his math. HA! Thanks for the ideas 🙂

  • Those Princess Goldfish are so cute! I have all grandsons so they probably won’t like them, but I may just buy them for myself. 🙂

  • I know these snacks would motivate my kids! They would be counting in no time in exchange for some Gold Fish!

  • I’m with you – making learning a game or fun always gets my kids to hang in there longer. I did not know about these Princess Goldfish – they are awesome I need to get some for my little princess!

  • Piling up goldfish is a neat way of helping kids solve math problems and equations. I love the creativity behind it. The kids looked like they really enjoyed the simple activity.

  • My favorite learning tip is to encourage kids to learn as much as possible and to let them make a lesson plan to teach mom, dad, and siblings. Mary made me a mother’s day snack with Goldfish Whales and chocolate rocks. What a treat it would be to use the different goldfish crackers for a find the difference lesson.

  • This is such a fun idea! I am definitely going to be doing this with my youngest daughter. I just stocked up on goldfish, too!

  • I am so excited to show my daughter the princess goldfish crackers. We use them for helping her to do her math questions. It makes learning fun and yummy.

  • This is such a fun way to teach maths to little ones. Who can resist a little treat when learning is involved? 🙂

  • Well that’s a fun way to get the kids to do Math. 🙂 I’ve got a goldfish lover in the house…. I should buy his teen sister the princess crackers and tell him they’re for girls. Bet he’d argue with me. 😉

  • This is a wonderful way to teach math. I’ve never thought of using goldfish. We just discovered this princess goldfish not long ago, my kids love them!

  • Math is very important!!
    What a cute fun way to teach the kids. And… I can always brush up on my math too…. It has never been a strong subject for me.

  • I do this with my son too, but with different snack though. I love how we’re having a good time and learning at the same time. I don’t really like math that’s why I do it through fun ways (where I could also enjoy!).

  • I just love Goldfish crackers and so does the boychild. She looks so happy and adorable, glad you got double use out of them.

  • The goldfish princess crackers sound so cute – and the images you have are even more cute – what a great way to use a fun food to learn and
    Great way to help teach your little ones!

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