Today is Father’s Day, the day we honor our dads for all the great things they do. But dads aren’t always sure that they’re doing a good job. So one dad, Dave Engledow, decided to show the worst possible fathering in a series of pictures. He posed his baby girl Alice with sharp objects, hot ovens, dangerous electrical equipment — and always with Dave’s “World’s Greatest Father” coffee cup in the picture. Now, Alice didn’t REALLY hold marshmallows over a fire or play with toys in the toilet; her dad used the computer to make the photos look that way. But Alice does look like she’s having fun.

*Wee ones:* If Alice is roasting 4 marshmallows, what numbers would you say to count them?

*Little kids:* If the photo shows 5 pancakes in the air, 1 on the hot griddle and 1 on Alice’s spatula, how many pancakes are on their way to Dave? *Bonus:* If there are another 6 pancakes on Dave’s plate, how many are there in total?

*Big kids:* If Dave photographed Alice for 45 minutes in the bathroom, then spent 45 more minutes on the computer to “put” toys in the toilet bowl, how long did that photo take? *Bonus:* If the photo with Alice on the car roof took Dave 240 minutes total, and the computer work took twice as long as the actual picture-taking on the car, for how long did Alice sit on the car?

*The sky’s the limit:* Dad Dave had to snap a lot of pictures, and use up a lot of food. If he took 5 pictures and burned 50 marshmallows total, and used 1 more marshmallow on each photo than the one before, how many marshmallows did he burn on the 4th photo?

Answers:

*Wee ones:* 1, 2, 3, 4.

*Little kids:* 7 pancakes. *Bonus:* 13 pancakes.

*Big kids:* 90 minutes. *Bonus:* 80 minutes – you need 1/3 of the total so that the remaining time will be twice as much, or 2/3 (160 minutes).

*The sky’s the limit:* 11 marshmallows. If all 5 pictures used the same number, they’d each use up 10 marshmallows. If we then move a marshmallow from the 2nd photo to the 4th, and 2 marshmallows from the 1st photo to the last, we still use 50 total, but now we’ve used 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12.