How to Share Hundreds of Cookies

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.

How to Share Hundreds of Cookies

December 18, 2018

We are loving this picture from our cookie-baking fans Avery and Mia S. It’s perfect for National Bake Cookies Day, which is today! Who baked the first ever cookie, by the way? It turns out they happened almost by accident: to test the oven. People would drip cake batter onto a pan and stick it in the oven to test if it was hot enough. Someone finally realized that that crispy round blob was a tasty snack itself. As you see here, this table holds cookies of all shapes and sizes. But how many cookies do you guess there are in total? Read on to find out!

Wee ones: What shape cookies do you see in the picture? Zoom in if you can to find out!

Little kids: If you eat the 1st star cookie on the table, then the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th, which number cookie did you skip? Bonus: If you nibble the 5 points off a star cookie, what numbers do you say to count down from 5?

Big kids: There are 26 moose cookies and 26 penguin cookies. How many cookies does that make all together? Bonus: Guess how many cookies there are on the table. How will you make your guess without counting one by one? What tricks will you use? Then check out the answer to see if you came close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

Wee ones: We see circles, triangles, stars, and ovals that have been made into animals…and other shapes!

Little kids: The 4th star cookie. Bonus: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Big kids: 52 cookies. Bonus: There are 603 cookies!

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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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