Numeracy in the kitchen garden

Monday, March 23, 2020

This story was originally created in response to schools and services expressing concern about continuing to run kitchen garden classes in light of social distancing concerns due to COVID-19. We created seven stories with suggestions for delivering STEMArtsRecipesKnife SkillsLiteracy and Numeracy without the preparing and sharing. 
Our second stage of resources, created for members, delves more deeply into curriculum links and specific topics of interest. Please see our KGP at home collection on the Shared Table. For information on becoming a member head to this page.

Now is the perfect time to slow down and get on top of that wish-list you may not have had time for, and those skills to be perfected, regardless of physical distancing.

For those looking for ways to maintain a thriving kitchen garden classroom without the preparing and sharing, we have compiled a list for you below.

Numeracy in the kitchen garden 

Numeracy in the kitchen doesn’t have to stop at deciphering a passed-down recipe of pounds and ounces to kilos and cups. There are countless ways to integrate numeracy into the curriculum, understanding measurements/weights/fractions is just the beginning.

  • Take a favourite recipe and practise your division and multiplication skills by halving, doubling or tripling the quantities.
  • Pose questions such as: Six more people are coming, what do we need to do? If we double this dish, what size pan will we need?
  • Break a recipe down and figure out the time required for each step or element of the dish.
  • Anticipate potential problems such as how long it takes for a large pot of water to come to the boil in comparison to two smaller pots.

Take a look at both our kitchen and garden numeracy posters for more great ideas on incorporating numeracy into your kitchen garden.


If you are a Program or member school or service and not sharing food during this time, remember there are other ways we can share! One way is to let us know about all the great work happening in your kitchen and garden on the Shared Table. Remember to take a landscape picture and fill in the details of your activity to let the whole kitchen garden community know what you’re up to. You are able to like and comment on other schools or services’ activities as well and keep connected!

We would like to advise that this information provided is general in nature and not specific. Please check your local government websites to make sure your program can adhere to Health and Safety Practices specific to your area.

For more information and support or to become a member, contact our Support Team on 13000 SAKGF (13000 72543) or 


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