Worms are strange animals. They live in the mud, squirm around without bones, and basically eat dirt (well, not really — they eat dead plant pieces in the dirt). A worm sure doesn’t sound like something WE would eat. So how crazy is it that we make candy shaped like worms? The gummy worm is a sweet, chewy, almost glow-in-the-dark treat. But its ridgy body really does look like a worm. To top it off, someone thought we should have giant-sized ones. The world’s largest gummy worm is about 3 feet long, and weighs more than 3 pounds! But it has flavors like cherry and raspberry, so we’d rather eat that worm than a real one.

*Wee ones: *If you have 4 red gummy worms and 5 yellow gummy worms, of which color do you have *fewer*? Hold up your fingers to count if it helps!

*Little kids: *If you put 5 gummy worms on the table, which worm is exactly in the middle? *Bonus: *If you have 3 colors of worms and eat 3 of each color, how many worms do you eat?

*Big kids:* If you dive into a bag of 80 gummy worms and eat just 1, how many are left? *Bonus:* If you stood that 3-foot gummy worm on end, would it be taller or shorter than you, and by how many inches? (Reminder: a foot equals 12 inches.)

Answers:

*Wee ones:* You have fewer red worms.

*Little kids: *The 3rd worm. *Bonus:* 9 worms.

*Big kids:* 79 worms. *Bonus:* Different for everyone…subtract 36 from your height in inches, or subtract your height from 36 if it’s taller than you!