Our fan Joey K. asked a great question: how fast could a grasshopper eat a cookie? Scientists aren’t sure how fast a grasshopper eats, but they do know that it can eat 16 times its own weight in 1 day! These bugs each weigh about half a gram, so the grasshopper could eat only 8 grams of cookie…to compare, 2 teaspoons of water weigh about 10 grams. Cookies come in all sizes, but if we go with the average of 16 grams, the bug would take 2 whole days to finish it off!

Wee ones: Most cookies are circles. Try to spot 4 circles in your room.

Little kids: If the grasshopper has taken 4 bites of cookie, what numbers are the next 3 bites? Bonus: If the grasshopper counts down the 8 grams of cookie while eating, what numbers does she say starting with 8?

Big kids: If the grasshopper starts eating 4 average cookies on a Monday, what’s the soonest day he can finish eating them? (Reminder: the grasshopper takes 2 days to eat 1 average cookie.) Bonus: If a giant grasshopper can eat 50 grams of cookie in a day, on what number cookie is his last bite?  (They’re all 16-gram cookies.)

The sky’s the limit: If a grasshopper eats 1/4 of a cookie, then the next day she eats 1/3 of what’s left, then on the 3rd day she eats 1/2 of what’s still left, what fraction of the total cookie is still there?