Sure, grown-ups tell us not to play with our food, but if you’re making art out of it, is it so bad? Cut a pancake into squares, then eat every other bite to make a checkerboard. If you cut 4 or 5 long grooves out of a carrot, when you slice the carrot you’ll get little flower shapes, like in the picture on the left. The question is, can this make even your least favorite food taste good?

*Wee ones:* How many petals does each carrot flower have?

*Little kids:* If you cut a baby carrot into 5 little flowers, and the 4 long, skinny carved-out sticks are “grass,” how many carrot pieces do you have? *Bonus:* If you have 9 carrot flowers and eat every other one starting with the 1st, how many do you get to eat?

*Big kids:* If you cut a pancake into 6 rows and 6 columns, how many checkerboard bites do you have? *Bonus:* If you eat 3 checkerboard squares from each row, how many do you have left?

__Answers:__

*Wee ones:* 5 petals.

*Little kids:* 9 carrot pieces. *Bonus:* 5 carrot flowers.

*Big kids:* 36 squares. *Bonus:* 18 squares, since you eat half of the total (3 out of every 6).