In a world full of salty, fatty snacks, you might not always feel like eating your veggies. But maybe it just depends what we call them. Some scientists gave carrots to 2 groups of kids — but told one group that they were getting “X-Ray Vision Carrots.” They told the other group they were eating plain old carrots. Well, the kids who thought they had gotten special x-ray vision carrots ate almost twice as many! The good news is, all carrots do help you see better in the dark, no matter what we call them. Carrots have beta-carotene, which helps your body make vitamin A, and vitamin A helps your eyes. But we can’t promise that our Pokemon Power Peas will help you play the game.
Wee ones: If you gobble up 6 Pokemon Peas, what numbers do you say to count them?
Little kids: If you eat the 1st row of kernels on an ear of Crazy-Cool Corn, then the 3rd row, then the 5th row…what row do you eat next? Bonus: Once you eat the 9th row, how many rows of cool kernels have you eaten?
Big kids: If you can slice an X-ray Vision Carrot into 8 little circles, how many slices can you get from 3 carrots? Bonus: If you and your friend each need 15 slices to get X-ray vision, will 4 carrots be enough?
Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Little kids: The 7th row. Bonus: 5 rows.
Big kids: 24 slices. Bonus: Yes, because they’ll give you 32 slices, which is more than the 30 you need.
Laura Bilodeau Overdeck is founder and president of Bedtime Math Foundation. Her goal is to make math as playful for kids as it was for her when she was a child. Her mom had Laura baking before she could walk, and her dad had her using power tools at a very unsafe age, measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process. Armed with this early love of numbers, Laura went on to get a BA in astrophysics from Princeton University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business; she continues to star-gaze today. Laura’s other interests include her three lively children, chocolate, extreme vehicles, and Lego Mindstorms.