When Your Food Makes a Face

When Your Food Makes a Face

August 29, 2019

Food is way more fun when it makes faces at you. Sometimes fruits and veggies look a lot like people and animals. Potatoes look amazingly like sheep or teddy bears, tomatoes look like ducks, and squashes look like geese and ducks. Carrots, parsnips and radishes have split to grow extra branches, and end up looking like people with arms and legs. Next time you’re munching a crunchy snack, take a good look at the veggies: they might be looking right back at you.

Wee ones: Tomatoes are red. Try to find 3 red things in your room.

Little kids: The “bear” potato has 4 bumps for the legs and 1 more bump to make the head. How many bumps is that?  Bonus: There are 5 photos of carrots (including one that looks like an astronaut), but 2 of those photos each show 2 carrots hugging. How many carrots are in these photos all together?

Big kids: If you take 28 crazy food photos of your fridge and 6 photos have potatoes in them, how many don’t have potatoes?  Bonus: If it took 5 minutes to pose and photograph each of the 28 foods, how many hours and minutes of photography time did it take?

The sky’s the limit: Suppose 1 out of every 25 potatoes and 1 out of every 20 carrots looks like an animal or face. If you go shopping and buy 100 potatoes and 60 carrots, are you likely to end up with more fun potatoes or more fun carrots?




Wee ones: Items might include shirts, socks, Lego blocks, or crayons.

Little kids: 5 bumps.  Bonus: 7 carrots, since there are 2 extras in total.

Big kids: 22 photos.  Bonus: 140 minutes (5 x 28), which is 2 hours 20 minutes.

The sky’s the limit: More fun potatoes. Chances say you’ll get 4 fun potatoes (1/25 of 100) but just 3 fun carrots (1/20 of 60).

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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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