Make Your Own Number Trail Mix

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Make Your Own Number Trail Mix

Whether you’re already planning school meals again or your family is heading out on an end of summer camping trip, this simple number trail mix is a fun way to get kids involved in packing their own snacks AND sneak in a little math practice too.



The Prep


Gathering supplies for this project was pretty quick and simple. First, I wrote a different number in six cupcake liners and placed each one in a cupcake tin like the photo on the left. {Since my 3.5 year old was working on learning the numbers 6-12, I used those numbers for this activity but feel free to pick any six numbers you’d like.}

Make Your Own Number Trail Mix!! {Playdough to Plato}

Next, I pulled out some of my kids’ favorite snacks: dried fruit, popcorn, pretzels and Cheerios.


The “Cooking”


After the quick and simple prep, I invited C to wash his hands and join me. I explained that we were going to mix together some of his favorite foods and make a trail mix. But there was a catch – he could only fill each cup in the tin with the number of snacks written on the liner.


C was eager to start so he quickly picked out his first food: pretzels. He pointed to the liner with an 11 and repeated the number after me. Then he opened the pretzel bag and began placing eleven pretzels in the liner.

Make Your Own Number Trail Mix!! {Playdough to Plato}

C continued reading the liners and counting out a matching number of snacks for each one.

Make Your Own Number Trail Mix!! {Playdough to Plato}

Five fun-filled minutes later, he was ready to dump his goodies together and make his own yummy snack: Number Trail Mix! So simple and delicious.

Make Your Own Number Trail Mix!! {Playdough to Plato}

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About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4, 2.5 and 5 months}. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education {go Stanford!} and spent seven years teaching in a classroom. Since starting Playdough to Plato in 2012, her ideas have been featured in Parenting Magazine, Pinterest's Top Educational Pins and Kiwi Crate.


  1. Very clever! My kids would love this activity. Thanks for sharing at the After School Party.

  2. A definite winner! Thanks so much for linking up at the After School Linky.

  3. I love this, Malia! I’m featuring it tomorrow on my blog at the After School Linky Party. Stop by to check it out and keep sharing your ideas/activities. I love to see what you’re up!

  4. I think I will try this with my daughter tomorrow! Thnak you for linking up with Mom’s Library. I’ll be featuring you this week at Crystal’s Tiny Treasures.
    Have a great week!

  5. Such a simple idea and i bet it works with any kind of math! I will be sure to try this at home. Thanks for sharing this on the hop.


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