How to Turn a Banana into a Penguin

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

How to Turn a Banana into a Penguin

August 23, 2017

Bananas and penguins don’t have a lot in common. One’s a fruit, the other is a bird, one is from the hot jungle, the other is from the South Pole… But someone at the Momma Told Me blog decorated some bananas to look like penguins. As explained on their website, you dip a banana into melted chocolate, stick on orange M&Ms for the beak and feet, and finally press on googly candy eyes (or a white candy with a dot of melted chocolate). We love any snack that’s tasty, healthy, or just plain cute. This snack is all three — that’s our kind of math!

Wee ones: How many banana penguins can you count in the picture?

Little kids: If each of 3 banana penguins has 2 googly eyes, how many do they have all together?  Bonus: If you nibble off 3 of the eyes, at most how many penguins might still have both eyes left?

Big kids: If each penguin needs 2 orange M&M feet and 1 M&M beak, how many orange M&Ms do you need to make 8 penguins?  Bonus: If you bought a bag of 100 M&Ms, how many M&Ms would you have left as a snack after making those penguins?




Wee ones: 3 banana penguins.

Little kids: 6 googly eyes.  Bonus: At most 1 penguin. You’ll have only 3 candy eyes left, which is enough to leave 2 eyes on only 1 penguin.

Big kids: 24 M&Ms, since you need 3 per penguin.  Bonus: 76 M&Ms.

Thank you Kate O. for sharing these funny fruity friends with us! And if you’d all like to make these treats yourself, check out the recipe at Momma Told Me.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.

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