Yes, today is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Ice cream has been around for over 2,000 years, ever since the Romans mixed fruit with ice for a tasty snack. When electricity came along in the 1800s, freezers made it even easier to keep ice cream cold. Then during a blizzard in 1966, a mom named Florence Rappaport gave her kids ice cream for breakfast, since they were all stuck inside. They did the same thing a year later. When the kids went off to college, they told friends about this crazy idea, and a holiday was born. And hey, why not? If you top your ice cream with nuts, berries and granola on a whole grain waffle, it’s almost a healthy meal. If you missed Ice Cream for Breakfast this morning, try it tomorrow!
Wee ones: How many scoops of yummy “stuff” are on the waffle in the photo?
Little kids: If you scoop chocolate, vanilla, mint, peanut butter cup, and coffee chip, which of those flavors is the 4th one? Bonus: If you’re hungry enough to eat only 3 of those flavors, how many flavors do you leave behind?
Big kids: If you eat ice cream for breakfast only 1 day this year, how many days do you not eat it? Bonus: If you scoop your ice cream for breakfast at 7:55 am, and it melts completely in 27 minutes, will you get to eat any in ice cream form at 8:30 am?
Wee ones: 4 scoops.
Little kids: Peanut butter cup. Bonus: 2 flavors.
Big kids: 364 days. Bonus: No, since it will all melt by 8:22 am.
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.