# Sweet Strawberry Math

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.

# Sweet Strawberry Math

June 18, 2014

Strawberries are huge around here–by that I mean they are very popular, not that we grow them any larger than normal. We have strawberries at the farmers’ market, strawberry picking, and, of course, the big strawberry festival where we crown the strawberry queen and eat strawberry shortcake!

My kids all have different food preferences but they all enjoy strawberries. Maybe it is the bright red hue so beautiful they actually named a color after it. Maybe it is the sweetness.

Strawberries are actually are low in sugar, at 7 grams per one cup serving, compared to other common fruits, like bananas (18 g) or, apples (13 g). For comparison, most regular candy bars have around 25-30 grams of sugar. That means four cups of strawberries provide about as much sugar as a typical candy bar.

There are four grams of sugar in a sugar cube. Kids build nutritional understanding and math skills by stacking towers of sugar cubes to represent the approximate amount of sugar in your favorite foods. This three-dimensional bar graph will give you a good visual to consider when choosing your next snack!

The simplest way to enjoy strawberries is just to rinse them, hull them (chop off the leaves), and enjoy them fresh.

For a special treat, we like to shake up some fresh whipped cream!

Fresh Mason Jar Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

• 1 cup heavy cream
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
•  pint mason jar (you can also upcycle and old peanut butter or jelly jar)

Directions:

Chill your jar and then fill it halfway with heavy cream. Add in the sugar and vanilla. Screw the lid on tightly. Shake until the texture of whipped cream (takes about 5-6 minutes). If you shake too much, you’ll get whipped butter.

How many times can you shake in a minute? How long can you shake the container before you get too tired? How many times did you have to shake the container before the whipped cream was ready?

Maybe you picked more strawberries than you can eat and you want to make preserves. Sometimes a strawberry recipe calls for a pint or a quart of strawberries but our supermarket sells them by the pound. Or what if the recipe calls for a pound and we picked our own by the quart? How can we compare a dry volume measurement with a measurement of weight?

One quart of fresh strawberries equals one and a half pounds, or four cups of sliced strawberries, or about 24 large strawberries. If you have a quart or pint basket, see how many strawberries you can fit!

An interesting strawberry math fact: each of those strawberries has approximately 200 tiny strawberry seeds! Skip count by 200’s if you want to estimate the number of seeds you have on your strawberries.

This simple, three-ingredient recipe for strawberry jam calls for 2 pounds of fresh strawberries. If you buy your strawberries by the quart, you’ll need 1 1/3 pints, or 5 1/3 cups of sliced strawberries, or about 32 large strawberries.

You’ll be enjoying your strawberries for weeks to come!