# Ducks Who Like Pizza

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.

# Ducks Who Like Pizza

April 25, 2018

This mama duck and her ducklings look like they should be swimming on a lake. But they’re happy: They’re walking to the pizzeria next door to Bedtime Math. That mama duck has a lot of kids to herd down the sidewalk! Ducks normally lay between 7 to 12 eggs at once, so this is a big family. “Ducks” get their name from the Olde English word for “diver,” because that’s how ducks eat. While swimming, they stick their heads and necks under water to catch fish, plants, worms, and bugs. They have lots of body fat, which keeps them from sinking as they do this. Of course, eating a slice of pizza sounds a lot easier — and yummier.

Wee ones: If the mama duck takes 6 ducklings to pizza and the daddy duck takes 5 ducklings out for ice cream, which duck took more ducklings?

Little kids: How many ducklings can you count in the picture? How did you go about counting them?  Bonus: If there were 9 ducks here including the mama, how many ducklings would there be?

Big kids: If 100 ducklings walk down the street, and 1 duck goes into the pizzeria, then 4 more, then 9 more…what number comes in next to keep the pattern?  Bonus: What number comes in after that — and can you tell what is special about these numbers? (Hint if needed: What numbers can you multiply together to make each of those numbers?)

The sky’s the limit: If some number of ducks goes in for pizza, then double that number walks in the 2nd set, then double that number for the 3rd round, and there are now 56 ducks in there, how many ducks walked in in the 1st round?