This picture *looks* like a photo of a beagle getting a shower, but it isn’t a photo at all. It’s a picture made from 221,000 sprinkles lined up to look like a photo! Art student Joel Brochu created this using just red, orange, green, blue, black, and white sprinkles. They’re the tiny ball-shaped ones, and he used tweezers to stick them in perfect rows and columns on double-sided tape. He filled this 4-foot by 1-1/2-foot rectangle with almost a quarter million sprinkles! As the close-up shows, he made shades of other colors like brown and orange by mixing red and green, or red and yellow. Either way, they all taste the same.

*Wee ones:* If Joel used red, orange, green, blue, black, and white sprinkles, how many colors is that?

*Little kids:* If you stick on a red sprinkle, then a blue, then a green, then a red again, a blue again…what color comes next? *Bonus:* If you use 10 sprinkles of each of the 6 colors for the dog’s nose, how would you count them up by 10s?

*Big kids:* Joel used 221,000 sprinkles. How many more sprinkles would Joel have needed to reach a quarter million? (*Hint if needed:* what does a quarter of a hundred look like? A quarter of a thousand?) *Bonus:* If he used 1 less sprinkle than the 221,000, how many sprinkles would he have used?

*The sky’s the limit:* The dot picture has some number of equal-length rows of sprinkles running across and down. If it used just 221 sprinkles, what are the only 2 numbers that could be the number of rows and columns? (That is, the only pair of numbers that multiplies out to 221.)

Answers:

*Wee ones:* 6 colors.

*Little kids:* Green. *Bonus:* 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60.

*Big kids:* 29,000 more, to reach 250,000. *Bonus:* 220,999 sprinkles.

*The sky’s the limit:* Just 13 x 17, or 17 x 13 if you make the picture wide instead of tall.