Taking a Peep at Easter

Yellow Peep Chicks

Today is Easter Sunday, the day that Christians celebrate the rising of Jesus from the dead. That leads to fun, colorful Easter eggs, because eggs are a symbol of life: they hatch into chicks. So we also have the silly Easter treat called “Peeps.” Machines crank out 2 BILLION peeps each year, which if laid end to end would stretch around the Earth 3 whole times. That’s a lot for us to eat on Easter.

Wee ones: These Peeps are yellow. Try to find 4 yellow things in your room.

Little kids: If you can fit 3 Peeps in each hand, how many Peeps can you hold at once?  Bonus: If you eat 1 of those 6 Peeps, how many do you have left?

Big kids: If you eat a Peep on Easter Sunday, then on Wednesday, then on Saturday, then on Tuesday…what day do you eat a Peep next to keep the pattern?  Bonus: If the Peep people make exactly 5 million peeps every day, does that reach 2 billion Peeps in a year? (Reminder if needed: There are 365 days in a year.)

Answers:

Wee ones: Items might include shirts, socks, crayons, markers, or stuffed animal chicks!

Little kids: 6 Peeps.  Bonus: 5 Peeps.

Big kids: On Friday, since you eat one every 3 days.  Bonus: Not quite. 5 million Peeps per day comes to 1,825 million or 1,825,000,000, which is 1.825 billion — a little less than 2 billion.

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