Pop-Out Movie 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.

Pop-Out Movie Pizza

June 13, 2015

Back in the late 1800’s when movies were invented, the films weren’t very fancy. They were black and white, and really grainy-looking and jumpy – and you had to go to a theater to see them. Then along came the television, and suddenly people could watch movies right in their own homes. Now we have smartphones and tablets that play smooth YouTube videos right in our laps. Well, Pizza Hut has taken it one step further: they’ve turned their pizza box into a movie projector! The pizza always comes with a little plastic piece that keeps the box top from smushing the cheese, and now that piece has a lens in it. You pop a hole out of the side of the box, stick in the lens, then hook it up to your phone, and it beams the video out in giant size. Suddenly you can turn your living room wall into your own giant movie screen, and eat pizza at the same time!

Wee ones: If you and 5 friends order pizza and watch a movie out of the box, how many people are at the party?

Little kids: If you open the box, eat the pizza, pop out the hole, stick in the lens, and plug in your phone…can you remember what the 3rd step was?  Bonus: If the video you’re watching runs 60 minutes but you take only the first 10 minutes to eat the pizza, how many minutes after eating are you still watching?

Big kids: If your phone screen is 6 inches wide and the projector beams a picture that’s 11 times as wide, how wide is your movie on the wall, in inches?  Bonus: How many feet and inches is that? (Reminder if needed: A foot has 12 inches.)

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 6 people.

Little kids: Popping out the hole.  Bonus: 50 minutes.

Big kids: 66 inches.  Bonus: 5 feet 6 inches.

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About the Author

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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