# Worms for Dinner

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.

# Worms for Dinner

July 15, 2017

When we say someone “eats like a bird,” that should mean the person eats a LOT. Every day birds have to eat many times their weight in food so they have energy to fly. But hopefully eating like a bird doesn’t mean eating what a bird eats. Some birds eat tasty people-food like berries and fish. But a few feathery friends — the robin, the woodcock, and the warbler — all like worms. As the birds walk around, their stomping shakes up the earthworms underground and makes them move around, making it easy for the birds to find them. Girl robins eat more worms than boy robins, and warblers like fuzzy caterpillars even better. Yum!

Wee ones: If a bird eats a worm, then a caterpillar, then a worm, then a caterpillar…what do you think the bird eats next?

Little kids: If 3 birds go hunting for worms, how many stomping feet do they have?  Bonus: In this video, the very hungry bird catches a worm only some of the times that it pecks the ground. If the bird pecks 10 times but grabs a worm only 3 of those times, how many pecks were misses?

Big kids: If a robin slurps up 6 worms every 10 minutes, how many can it eat in 20 minutes?   Bonus: If the robin keeps eating 6 worms every 10 minutes, how many can it eat in 1 hour? (Reminder: An hour has 60 minutes.)