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How to Share Hundreds of Cookies

by Laura Overdeck

We are loving this picture from our cookie-baking fans Avery and Mia S. It’s perfect for National Bake Cookies Day, which is today! Who baked the first ever cookie, by the way? It turns out they happened almost by accident: to test the oven. People would drip cake batter onto a pan and stick it in the oven to test if it was hot enough. Someone finally realized that that crispy round blob was a tasty snack itself. As you see here, this table holds cookies of all shapes and sizes. But how many cookies do you guess there are in total? Read on to find out!

Wee ones: What shape cookies do you see in the picture? Zoom in if you can to find out!

Little kids: If you eat the 1st star cookie on the table, then the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th, which number cookie did you skip? Bonus: If you nibble the 5 points off a star cookie, what numbers do you say to count down from 5?

Big kids: There are 26 moose cookies and 26 penguin cookies. How many cookies does that make all together? Bonus: Guess how many cookies there are on the table. How will you make your guess without counting one by one? What tricks will you use? Then check out the answer to see if you came close!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:

Wee ones: We see circles, triangles, stars, and ovals that have been made into animals…and other shapes!

Little kids: The 4th star cookie. Bonus: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Big kids: 52 cookies. Bonus: There are 603 cookies!

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