Learning Numbers: Number Trail Mix

Activity for ages 3 to 6

Learning numbers is fun and tasty with this activity. 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.

Learning Numbers: Number Trail Mix


Learning Numbers 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.}

Learning Numbers: Number Trail Mix

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.

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

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.

Learning Numbers: Number Trail Mix

More Fun Ways for Learning Numbers

If you enjoyed this activity you’ll love Chocolate Chip Dalmatian Math and Fill Those Cups! And be sure to explore our Learning Numbers board on Pinterest!


About Malia Hollowell

Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher turned stay at home mama to three young kids {4.5, 3 and 1}. 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.
    -Reshama @Stackingbooks.com

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