How long do you think it would take you to eat 25 pounds of food? 40 pounds? Well, for a panda, it pretty much takes all day. These iconic bears spend up to 16 hours every day eating bamboo. Since pandas weigh 250 pounds, that means they’re eating more than 10% of their own weight in bamboo! Bamboo is really tough and pandas don’t absorb much nutrition from it, which is why they eat so much. After all that chomping and chewing, they’re pretty tired, so they nap between meals. These bears don’t do much besides eat, sleep, and be incredibly cute, and that’s just fine with us.
Wee ones: Pandas have 4 legs. Do you have more legs than a panda?
Little kids: How many eyes are there in a group of 3 pandas? Bonus: Pandas hang out in groups of 7 to 15 pandas. How many more bears are in the biggest group than the smallest?
Big kids: If 1 panda weighs 250 pounds, how many more 250-pound bears would it take to reach a weight of 1,000 pounds? Bonus: If you ate 10% of your own weight in food, how many pounds of food would that be?
Wee ones: No, a panda has more legs!
Little kids: 6 eyes, because 2 + 2 + 2 = 6. Bonus: 8 more bears.
Big kids: 3 more bears, because 250 + 250 + 250 + 250 = 1,000. Bonus: Different for everyone… divide your weight by 10, and round to the nearest whole pound!
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.