# Baby You Can Drive My…Balloons?

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.

# Baby You Can Drive My…Balloons?

December 27, 2018

Maybe you’ve been to a party where a balloon artist twists long, skinny balloons into a dog, giraffe, or other crazy shape. Usually these squishy, bouncy animals use only 4-5 balloons total. But in 2013, people in Tasmania, Australia broke the world record for the largest balloon structure ever. DJ Michael AhMazing and his followers looped together 87,930 balloons to make a giant Wiggles car. During the event one balloon-blower set his own speed record of adding 84 balloons in 2 minutes. Good thing balloons filled with regular air don’t float, or that car would zoom into the sky.

Wee ones: How many colors can you count inside each black tire?

Little kids: In the closest tire to us, which color is in the top right part of the hubcap?   Bonus: If you helped by adding a blue balloon, then a red, then a yellow, then a blue again to repeat the pattern, what color would your 10th balloon be?

Big kids: If each wheel used 50 balloons for each of the 4 color sections, plus another 100 black balloons for the tires, how many total balloons did each wheel need?  Bonus: If the 4 tires were the only black balloons used, how many of the 87,930 balloons were other colors? See if you can remember that number in your head!

The sky’s the limit: If you helped out by adding on 28 balloons, and you added twice as many blue as purple, and twice as many purple as black, how many of each color did you add?