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Cookie Eater!

Presented at TASP 2019 in Harrisonburg, VA 

The Association for the Study of Play

Cookie Eater! A Fractions Learning Puzzle

The ‘Cookie Eater’ puzzle is designed for young learners (age 5-7) to visually learn about fractions. A gingerbread-shaped body of the puzzle holds several cookie shapes such as squares, circles, rectangles, triangles, hexagon and heart - which are divided into 2 to 4 pieces. The puzzle is scaffolded by a deck of cards, each prompting the child to add half a shape (1 of 2 puzzle pieces) or quarter (3 of 4 pieces) or one fourths (1 of 4 pieces). By the end of the cards, the child will have put together all whole geometric shapes. The puzzle can also be played without the cards, and the puzzle pieces can also be used as Tangrams

3d printed prototype for the puzzle

Note that the Hexagon displays Level-2 of the puzzle, which has more divisions to the shapes.