Energy Bites

This is one of our go-to snacks. Peanut butter energy bites. My kids eat these up like crazy. But I wanted to give you parents and teachers out there a short activity you can do with your kids.

  1. Show this video to your child and ask them to think of answers to only two simple questions
    • What do you notice?
    • What do you wonder?

Insist on getting at least one thing they notice and one thing they wonder from each of your children. Have a discussion with them on all the items they noticed and all of their wonderings.

Tell them, “I also wondered something. I wondered how many energy bites will be made from that batch?”

2. Ask them to estimate an answer, but before they give you their estimate ask them to give you estimates that are too high and too low. This can help frame their estimates in. It can give them a starting place too.

Enter you estimates in the form below to contribute to the collection of estimates.

3. Ask your child what information would be helpful in narrowing down your estimate to be more accurate before you show these images below.

When ready reveal the images below and ask them “Would you like to change your estimate?” If so, why?

Depending on the level of your child, (older = you may want to try finding the volumes of the two amounts, ect. Younger = stay with an updated estimate) get ready to reveal how many bites were made.

The Reveal:

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Finally, discuss how far off each of you were. Also discuss the extension “If all the bites were mashed together again, how big would the giant bite be?”

Do you want to make the bites too? Here is the recipe.

  • 1 Cup oatmeal
  • 1 Cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup of ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of any nut butter (I’ve used peanut and sesame before)
  • 2/3 cup of honey.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl well. Then make bites.

Interested in more? Check out these 3 act style problem based math lessons from my Make Math Moments site!

Take care,


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