black paper plate cat face
Make a cat out of black paper plates and use them to learn fractions!

Cat Fractions

This is a very simple and visual way to introduce fractions to young children.

Other ways to teach fractions:

  •       Cooking: introduce the language by having them find the correct measurements (1/2 tbsp, 2/3 cup, etc.); slice the food in half, or fill up half way
  •       Crafts: cut the paper in half or fourths
  •       Telling time: quarter past 1, half past 2
  •       Sharing: give someone half
  •       Any time you are referring to part of something

How to do:


  • 3 Black paper plates

  • White Paper

  • Pink paper

  • Craft eyes

  • Writing supplies

  • Glue

  • Scissors
  1. Cut out the following from a piece of paper (make 2 of each): 1, 2, 3, 4, /

  2. Decorate the paper plates and make them into cats.

  3. Cut one plate in half, one plate in thirds, and one plate in fourths.

  4. Create fractions with the cut plates and label each with the correct numbers.

Book Recommendation

Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes and Yuyi Morales is a delightful poem about different Halloween creatures going to a Halloween ball.  It contains a handful of Spanish words introduced throughout the book and there is a glossary in the back, but the words are easily interpreted. The book has received the following award: 2007 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, 2008 Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration, and Pura Belpre Honor Book for Narrative.


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