X-Ray Vision Carrots

by Laura Overdeck

You might not always feel like eating your veggies. But maybe it just depends what we call them. Scientists gave carrots to 2 groups of kids — but told only one group that they were “X-Ray Vision 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. Carrots have beta-carotene, which helps your body make vitamin A, and vitamin A helps your eyes. But we can’t promise that 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?

Answers:
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.

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