You might use just a few tablespoons of maple syrup on your pancakes — but it took about a gallon of maple tree sap to make that! This month the maple tree farms collect maple sap from their trees. They drill holes in the bark and stick in a “tap,” or tube, so the sap can drip out into buckets. Then the farm folks cook the sap: They have to boil down 30 to 50 gallons of sap to make just 1 gallon of nice thick syrup. Much easier to keep a bottle in the fridge!

*Wee ones:* If you eat 4 waffles and 3 pancakes, of which food did you eat more?

*Little kids:* If you drizzle syrup into the 1st square hole in your waffle, then the 3rd, then the 5th, then the 7th…what number hole gets syrup next? *Bonus:* What number is the 10th hole that gets syrup?

*Big kids:* If you use 3 tablespoons of syrup on your pancakes, and it took 40 times as much sap to make that, how many tablespoons of sap made your breakfast syrup? *Bonus:* To imagine what that would look like, about how many cups is that? (A cup has 16 tablespoons.)

Answers:

*Wee ones:* More waffles.

*Little kids:* The 9th hole. *Bonus:* The 19th hole.

*Big kids:* 120 tablespoons of sap. *Bonus:* More than 7 cups! It’s 7 1/2 to be exact.