Use these Minions Math Games to help your students practice basic addition and multiplication facts at a math center or home.
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We know our children have been looking forward to the release of Minions © 2015 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. – have yours? Because it’s close to their holiday break, we decided to put together a family fun night highlighting the movie. We knew they would be excited about the surprise and knew that they would love the treats we have planned. Check out the Minions site for ideas on where to pick up your copy of the movie. Of course, as teachers, we decided to add a math game into the mix (perfect for home or school.)
You can grab the free math game here: Addition & Multiplication Math Games. The math game was the perfect distraction while Jill and I pulled together the popcorn bar. We had our kids use these little minion figures we found at the store as markers – so cute!
Our children all love popcorn, of course, who doesn’t? That didn’t seem so creative for our movie night so we started with the idea of popcorn and decided to add a twist by putting together a popcorn bar. We kept it simple because we didn’t want to add too much extra work for a holiday break get-together. We made a batch of buttery, salty popcorn but then decided to make it a little more exciting by making a batch of kettle corn. Have you ever made kettle corn at home? If you haven’t, you will be surprised to learn how simple it is – and just as delicious as the bag you buy at the fair! You probably have all of the ingredients you need at home – popcorn kernels, sugar, canola oil and salt. That is it! See… simple and the perfect addition to your Illumination Entertainment’s Minions movie night.
*1/2 cup popcorn kernels
*1/2 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup canola oil
*salt to taste
*popcorn bar toppings of your choice (include favorite candies and nuts)
The recipe we are sharing is designed to be popped in an electric popper. To make your popcorn, pour 1/2 cup popcorn kernels, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup canola oil in the bottom of your popper. (The proportions are designed to create a treat. If your goal is to have a slightly healthier snack, the sugar and oil can be reduced as low as 1/4 cup each and still make a tasty snack.) Plug it in and let it pop. As it pops, you will notice what looks like condensation on the edge of the bowl, this is actually melted sugar. Stop the popper when there are about five seconds between pops. Sprinkle some salt on top and let it sit a few minutes – it will be very gooey at first and very hot. After sitting for about five minutes the popcorn will become crispy and easily break apart. (Don’t worry, you will not have too big of a mess to clean up. Let the popper cool and then use a paper towel or washcloth dipped in hot water to remove the melted sugar.
It was such a fun night and we loved that we didn’t spend the whole time cooking – we could sit with our families and enjoy the movie and a tasty snack. We think this popcorn bar could also become a great reward for the classroom. Pop some popcorn and add a few toppings – your students will thank you!
Do you have a favorite family movie night snack you’ll be making over the holiday break? We would love to hear your ideas below!