Here at Bedtime Math we’re loving this poem about macaroni and cheese, shared by our fan William O.:

* If you take** All the macaroni and cheese** I eat** Place it noodle to noodle** With all that cheesy goo** It would stretch from here** To Aunt Bea’s house.*

* – Tom Robert Shields*

There’s a lot of math in there. How many mac ‘n cheese noodles do you think you’ve ever eaten? Whose house would you want to reach with them, and how far would it be?

*Wee ones:* If you lay down the first 10 noodles of your mac ‘n cheese trail, and you eat the 1st, then the 2nd, then the 3rd…which noodle do you eat next?

*Little kids:* If you eat the 1st mac ‘n cheese noodle, then the 3rd, then the 5th, now which noodle do you eat next? *Bonus:* If out of 20 noodles on the ground you wisely eat just 1, how many are left on the ground?

*Big kids:* If you’ve eaten 12 bowls of mac ‘n cheese in your life, and each had 100 noodles, how many noodles long would a 12-bowl trail have? *Bonus:* If each noodle is 1 inch, how many feet long is that? (Reminder if needed: A foot has 12 inches.)

Answers:*Wee ones:* The 4th.

*Little kids:* The 7th. Bonus: 19 noodles.

*Big kids:* 1,200 noodles. *Bonus:* 100 feet — you’re just dividing by 12 after multiplying by 12! 100 feet is only 2-3 houses away….a lot less than a mile (5,280 feet!).

And thank you to poet Tom Robert Shields in the book *Yummy!: Eating through a Day* for this great poem!