# The Best Day for Bubble Wrap

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.

# The Best Day for Bubble Wrap

January 27, 2019

Bubble wrap is meant for work time, but it’s the best toy. It’s that packing material that comes in clear plastic sheets, with rows and rows of little air-filled bumps. They’re lined up in a hexagon pattern, each bubble surrounded by 6 more, like a bee’s honeycomb. When you pinch a bubble, it makes a perfect popping sound…so you can’t help but pop the bubble next to it, and the next. If you have a really big sheet, you can lay it on the floor and jump on it to pop lots of bubbles at once. Kids love it, grown-ups love it…even guinea pigs want to try it. So it’s no surprise that we have Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, which is tomorrow. Find some bubble wrap to get ready!

Wee ones: A bubble-wrap bubble is about the size of your fingertip. See if you can spot 3 things that size in your room.

Little kids: If Snickers the guinea pig (shown here) pops bubbles 1, 2 and 3, what numbers are the next 4 bubbles she pops?  Bonus: If a row has 16 bubbles and you pop 1, how many bubbles are left to pop?

Big kids: If a piece of bubble wrap has a row of 5 bubbles, then 6 bubbles, then 5, then 6, and you pop half of them, how many bubbles are left for Snickers to pop?  Bonus: If on a 20-row sheet, half the rows have 11 bubbles each and half the rows have 10 each, how many bubbles do you have? See if you can find a shortcut to add it up!