Ice Cream for Breakfast

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

Ice Cream for Breakfast

February 3, 2018

Yes, today is Ice Cream for Breakfast Day. Ice cream has been around for over 2,000 years, ever since the Romans mixed fruit with ice for a tasty snack. When electricity came along in the 1800s, freezers made it even easier to keep ice cream cold. Then during a blizzard in 1966, a mom named Florence Rappaport gave her kids ice cream for breakfast, since they were all stuck inside. They did the same thing a year later. When the kids went off to college, they told friends about this crazy idea, and a holiday was born.  And hey, why not? If you top your ice cream with nuts, berries and granola on a whole grain waffle, it’s almost a healthy meal. If you missed Ice Cream for Breakfast this morning, try it tomorrow!

Wee ones: How many scoops of yummy “stuff” are on the waffle in the photo?

Little kids: If you scoop chocolate, vanilla, mint, peanut butter cup, and coffee chip, which of those flavors is the 4th one?  Bonus: If you’re hungry enough to eat only 3 of those flavors, how many flavors do you leave behind?

Big kids: If you eat ice cream for breakfast only 1 day a year, how many days do you not eat it? Bonus: If you scoop your ice cream for breakfast at 7:55 am, and it melts completely in 27 minutes, will you get to eat any in ice cream form at 8:30 am?




Wee ones: 4 scoops.

Little kids: Peanut butter cup.  Bonus: 2 flavors.

Big kids: 364 days (or 365 in a leap year).  Bonus: No, since it will all melt by 8:22 am.

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Laura Overdeck

Laura Overdeck

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.

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