A Fibonacci Summer

Is it just me, or have the days of summer added up like… the Fibonacci sequence? You know, the first day is day 1 of summer break, and the second day still feels like day 1. There’s all the time in the world, after all. Two whole months! Then, it’s day 2, then 3, but then suddenly it’s day 5. Faster than you can say ‘Leonardo Fibonacci’, it’s day 8, then 13, then 21. Spending quality time with family, writing, traveling, seeing friends, getting long-standing projects done around the house– or at least thinking about completing those long-standing projects… But now as the days blast past, the end of summer vacation seems to be closing in awfully fast. Gasp– the end of summer is just around the corner! This is when I dig my heels in and implore the days to go more slowly. S-L-O-W  D-O-W-N, uhmmmm, uhmmmm…

But, back to the Fibonacci Sequence. What is the Fibonacci Sequence anyway?

*A series of numbers

*Made famous when Leonardo Fibonacci wrote about the sequence in his book Liber abaci (Over 8 hundred years ago!)

*Calculated by adding the previous two terms to get the next term. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55…

Yes, definitely it’s been a Fibonacci Summer. Perhaps a Fibonacci Snack for the Fibonacci Summer might be in order? It’s hot out. All kinds of wonderful, fresh fruit is in season. Everybody is always thirsty and hungry. All that swimming and having fun really works up an appetite. Luckily, putting together Fibonacci Snack sticks is as easy as 1, 1, 2, 3!

Here’s what you do: Start with a kebob stick (Easily found in the cooking utensils section of your favorite grocery store). Skewer one piece of fruit on– perhaps a strawberry? Now, you need one more, different piece of fruit– a slice of orange? How about 2 chunks of banana next, followed by 3 plump grapes? Can you fit 5 blueberries next?

Each Fibonacci Snack Stick makes a scrumptious, refreshing snack. AND, each stick models the very cool, very fun Fibonacci sequence. What else can you learn about the Fibonacci sequence? (Wow– doing math in the summer! Who would have thought it could be so fun?)

Disclaimer: Okay, I do like to complain that summer is almost over, but, honestly, I’m looking forward to the fall, too. All that hustle and bustle makes for busy days, but it is exciting, too. Besides, then I get to work on back to school lunchbox recipes!

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