Cyberchase Birthday Party
Here's the perfect treat to please everyone at your child's party! Guests choose their favorite toppings to decorate their very own cupcakes with a fun pattern.
- frosted cupcakes
- toppings (candies, raisins, sprinkles, mini-marshmallows, small chocolate candies, gumdrops, candy bars broken into small pieces, jelly candy such as gummy worms or bears, jelly beans, etc.)
- small bowls (for toppings)
- Bake cupcakes in cupcake cups and frost when cool. Tip: Use food coloring to make different colors of frosting to give kids choices.
- Set out small bowls, each with a different topping. Put a teaspoon with each bowl.
- Each child decorates his or her own cupcake.
- To get kids started, make your own simple pattern (with red and blue gumdrops, for example). Explain what a pattern is something that repeats over and over. Show kids the different toppings and encourage them to make fun patterns on their cupcakes, with a goal of seeing how many different patterns the kids can make when decorating the cupcakes.
Parent pointer: Kids will make lots of different patterns. Some will use different colors to make a pattern, some will use different toppings, and some will use both. That's a double pattern.
Where's the Math?: We teach kids about patterns so that they can analyze change. Recognizing patterns is a kind of algebraic thinking. When something is changing in a regular way, it allows you to make a prediction about what comes next. This is a concept that occurs over and over again in math and in real life.