A Big Bite of Snowman

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A Big Bite of Snowman

December 15, 2016

If you live somewhere where it snows, then you might get to make a snowman this winter. The good news is, you can make one of these cute snowmen here in any weather. These snowmen on sticks from our fan Meg J. have marshmallows for their 3-snowball bodies, pretzels for arms, Hershey kiss hats, and stripey rolled-fruit scarves. Dots of frosting make the buttons and the happy face. You could take a bite out of your backyard snowman if you wanted, but these are a lot less cold and wet, and a lot yummier.

Wee ones: How many buttons are there on the snowman in the top left corner?

Little kids: If you need 3 marshmallows, 1 kiss, 2 pretzels and 1 candy scarf to make a snowman, how many pieces is that?  Bonus: If instead of frosting you use mini chips for the mouth, how many chips would you need to bring the total pieces to 10?

Big kids: If you have a bag of 40 marshmallows, how many complete 3-marshmallow snowmen can you make?  Bonus: If you use 60 marshmallows to make snowmen, how many pretzel stick arms do they have?

The sky’s the limit: Each snowman needs 3 marshmallows, 2 pretzels and a Hershey kiss hat. If you start with 60 marshmallows, 50 pretzel sticks and 30 chocolate kisses, which ingredient will run out first as you make snowmen?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 3 buttons.

Little kids: 7 pieces.  Bonus: 3 mini chips.

Big kids: 13 complete snowmen (39 marshmallows), with 1 marshmallow left over.  Bonus: 40 pretzel sticks, since you can make 20 snowmen.

The sky’s the limit: Marshmallows will run out first. You have enough marshmallows to make just 20 snowmen, but enough pretzels for 25 snowmen and enough kisses for 30 snowmen.

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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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