Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nature's Math - Count on Fruits and Veggies

Nature's many shapes and patterns are interesting and may be complicated. You may have to look hard to see that these shapes and patterns often have something in common.

Have you ever heard of a man named Fibonacci? He loved numbers so much that he wrote books about math.  Around 1175, in Italy, he discovered a sequence of numbers that helps explain nature's math. Some folks call it the Fascinating Fibonaccis!

Here's how to count the Fascinating Fibonaccis: 
(to get to the next number, add the preceding two numbers. Here's how to start:)
0+1 = 1
1+1 = 2
1+2 = 3
2+3 = 5
3+5 = 8
5+8 = ...

To see an example of Nature's math, cut open some fruit or veggies and count the sections inside.
Here we cut a pear, a cucumber and a lemon.
How many sections are in each?
(seed cavities)
Lemon = 8
Pear = 5
Cucumber = 3

Other ways to observe nature's math: daisies, pinecones, leaves, pine needles, and pussywillow buds... Just to name a few!

You want more fruit and veggie math? Well...
Here is a FREE beginner math printable. 
Simply circle the number in each box that tells how many fruit or veggies are shown.


  1. Such a fun thing to do with kids. Love the name of your blog btw!

  2. Great idea, Thanks for linking up to The Tuesday Tea Party :)

  3. I love this idea - off to cut open some fruit and veggies!

    1. Glad you liked it. I just checked out your blog and became a new follower! Thanks for coming by, and hope to see you again.

  4. Hey! Just found you via Made in a Day. Looks like you have a fun little guy!
    I have a Healthy Tuesday hop going on at and would love to have you link up any appropriate post. :)

  5. Ooh what a fun way to explore maths!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. Great idea! I like the printable, too!

  7. Great idea.Thanks for sharing.

  8. So fun!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  9. Using fruits and veggies to learn math is a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. :)

  10. Oh so clever!!! What a fun idea =-)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

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  12. Great post!

    We have a special focus this week on maths and number posts at the Empty Your Archive link party, and I would absolutely love for you to link this up, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x