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Car Wash of Doom

April 15, 2019 4:00 pm

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In today’s Math Movie Monday, let’s see how our friend Kevin could use a little math to make his life easier!

A Prime Time to Rhyme

April 14, 2019 4:00 pm

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April is Poetry Month, and while poetry is made of words, numbers rule their rhyming. It’s no easy job to rhyme, either, which is why we were amazed by New Orleans “sidewalk poet” Antoine. Click “Read More” to do the math and read the poem Antoine made for us!

You’ll Never Believe What Money Can Buy

April 13, 2019 4:00 pm

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What’s the wackiest thing you can think of to buy? Read on to find out some pretty crazy things you can bid on, and see how they add up!

One Skate In Front of the Other

April 6, 2019 4:00 pm

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We know the wheel was invented by a bunch of cavemen thousands of years ago, but that wasn’t the end of it. It took centuries for people to see all the objects that could work – or work better – with wheels attached, resulting in all the cars, trucks, pulleys, and all our other machinery that uses spinny round things. Roller skates just showed up in the last couple of centuries: one version came out in 1760 but folks didn’t take to it, probably because they kept falling down. Then on this day in 1869, apparently Isaac Hodgson filed a patent for his roller skate, and the rest is history. Now we have sports played entirely on skates, like roller hockey, speed skating and roller derby. All of these go faster on wheels, but are a lot harder than playing on your regular old feet.

Best Way to Throw an Angry Bird

April 5, 2019 4:00 pm

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Robots are everywhere and can do anything from pressing a button to flinging an Angry Bird! Try your math skills at figuring out how this robot works!

Sky-High Group Dive

April 4, 2019 4:00 pm

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Can 20 guys really stack on top of each other and dive together into a pool? Read on to make a splash with math and find out!

Drawing for Life

April 3, 2019 4:00 pm

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Lots of kids like to draw for fun, whether with crayons or markers, fingerpaint or melted chocolate. The fun doesn’t have to end when you grow up, though. If you’re great at drawing, you can get paid to draw as your job! Look at Jim Paillot, who draws the pictures or “illustrations” in the Bedtime Math books. He gets to draw all day! He has drawn not only our books, but also dozens of My Weird School books as well as others. By the way, some drawings are more work than others. Spot art of just one animal or person. like the girl here from Bedtime Math 2, doesn’t take long to draw, but full page “illos” have to fill the whole page with color and scenery and more. When you add up all those books and the drawings on each page, you see quickly that drawing is not just great play, but hard work, too.

Mile-Long Xylophone

April 2, 2019 4:00 pm

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Well, we’re not sure it’s a full mile, but it could be the world’s longest xylophone. To check out the music and math behind this life-sized xylophone, click “Read More”.

No Foolin’

April 1, 2019 4:00 pm

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Today is April Fools’ Day, the day we play pranks on people, like freezing the milk in their cereal, to make them look like fools. Click “Read More” to do the April Fools’ Day math…and maybe get a few ideas for tricks!

Double-Trouble Dominoes

March 31, 2019 4:00 pm

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Dominos are fun to begin with, but doubling the size of each one makes them doubly as cool! Read on to see how the math stacks up.