How to Turn a Banana into a Penguin

by Laura Overdeck

Bananas and penguins don’t have a lot in common. One’s a fruit, the other is a bird, one is from the hot jungle, the other is from the South Pole… But someone at the Momma Told Me blog decorated some bananas to look like penguins. As explained on their website, you dip a banana into melted chocolate, stick on orange M&Ms for the beak and feet, and finally press on googly candy eyes (or a white candy with a dot of melted chocolate). We love any snack that’s tasty, healthy, or just plain cute. This snack is all three — that’s our kind of math!

Wee ones: How many banana penguins can you count in the picture?

Little kids: If each of 3 banana penguins has 2 googly eyes, how many do they have all together?  Bonus: If you nibble off 3 of the eyes, at most how many penguins might still have both eyes left?

Big kids: If each penguin needs 2 orange M&M feet and 1 M&M beak, how many orange M&Ms do you need to make 8 penguins?  Bonus: If you bought a bag of 100 M&Ms, how many M&Ms would you have left as a snack after making those penguins?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: 3 banana penguins.

Little kids: 6 googly eyes.  Bonus: At most 1 penguin. You’ll have only 3 candy eyes left, which is enough to leave 2 eyes on only 1 penguin.

Big kids: 24 M&Ms, since you need 3 per penguin.  Bonus: 76 M&Ms.

Thank you Kate O. for sharing these funny fruity friends with us! And if you’d all like to make these treats yourself, check out the recipe at Momma Told Me.

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