Map Your Favorite Candy!

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Map Your Favorite Candy!

October 31, 2016

What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Well, it might depend on where you live. This map shows every state decorated for its favorite Halloween candy. The folks at Influenster made it by asking people in each state to name their top choice sweet treat. Even though Snickers is America’s favorite candy bar overall, it’s the top candy in only a couple of states. But since it’s probably 2nd or 3rd place in other states, it still stacks up. Another one that shows up a lot is the candy corn. That makes sense, since this week Americans will buy and eat 20 million pounds of those funny orange triangles. Of course, out of the 600 million pounds of candy we’ll buy in total, that just sounds like a little snack.

Wee ones: What shape is the brown and green Milky Way state (Colorado) near the middle? How many sides does it have?

Little kids: Find one of your favorite candies on the map. How many other times does it show up?  Bonus: If tonight you get 10 kinds of candy with exactly 10 pieces of each, how do you count up all your pieces by 10s?

Big kids: Count the states with your favorite candy. Out of 50 states, how many have some other favorite candy?  Bonus: If every candy sold 20 million pounds this week, how many candies would it take to add up to the 600 million pound total? (Hint if needed: How many would add up to 60 million pounds?)

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: A rectangle, which has 4 sides.

Little kids: Different for everyone…it might show up twice, 3 times or even 4 times!  Bonus: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.

Big kids: Different for everyone…subtract 1, 2, 3 or 4 from 50 (giving you 49, 48, 47, or 46 states).  Bonus: 30 candies, since it would take 3 just to get to 60, and then you need 10 times that.

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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 while still in diapers, 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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