Big Snack, Little Snack

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.

Big Snack, Little Snack

January 23, 2019

Have you ever wondered how much you’d need to eat if you ate just donuts, or just carrots, or just cake? The problem is, the yummiest foods are sometimes not good for us, which is a huge bummer. Every food has “calories,” which count up the energy that that food gives us — and if you don’t move around enough, your body saves it as fat. Yuck! So an app called Calorific shows you how much of any food will give you 200 calories. Carrots have no fat and almost no calories, so you can eat a whole plate of them. But it takes just a teeny slice of apple pie to hit 200. 1 bowl of spinach, or 2/3 of a sprinkle donut…if you do the math, you can find out how big your snack can be.

Wee ones: How many types of food can you count in the picture?

Little kids: Which food is in the top right corner?  Bonus: Which has more calories, a 180-calorie muffin or a 200-calorie cookie?

Big kids: To “use up” 1 donut, you have to run hard for at least 40 minutes. If you start at 3:10 pm, until when do you have to run?  Bonus: Just 5 mini-hot dogs (“pigs in blankets”) add up to 200 calories. How many calories does each mini hot dog have?











Wee ones: 4 foods.

Little kids: The lettuce.  Bonus: The cookie.

Big kids: Until 3:50 pm.  Bonus: 40 calories each.

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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 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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