Cash for Kitty

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.

Cash for Kitty

November 26, 2014

As America heads into Thanksgiving, it’s a great time to be thankful, and to notice the people around us doing good things. And some of those things are pretty surprising. A man named Rick Snyder wakes up every morning at 4 am to go on double duty. He walks around his neighborhood feeding stray cats, meaning cats who don’t have a home. While he does that, he picks up any coins he sees on the ground, since people are always dropping change from their pockets. After 10 years of doing this, how much money do you think he’s found and saved? Over $21,000! And the best part is, last month he gave all the money to an animal shelter so they can help take care of lost animals. The coins, which he saved in peanut jars, weighed over 2,000 pounds in total — probably too much to bring to the shelter in his pockets!

Wee ones: If a dime is worth 10 cents and a nickel is worth 5 cents, which is worth more?

Little kids: If starting at 4:00 am you feed a cat, then find a dime, then feed another cat, then find a dime…what’s the 7th thing you do?  Bonus: How much money have you found by then?

Big kids: If you found 8 quarters every morning, how much money would you find in 1 full week? (A quarter is worth 25 cents.)  Bonus: If Rick found a whopping $50 per week for just 50 weeks each year (since he must need a vacation), would that have gotten him to $21,000?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: The dime.

Little kids: Feed a cat.  Bonus: 30 cents, since you’ve found 3 dimes (on your 2nd, 4th and 6th steps).

Big kids: $14, since you’re finding $2 per day.  Bonus: Yes, since that would be $2,500 per year, or $25,000. That’s about how much he had to find each week!

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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 while still in diapers, 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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