The People Who Really Count

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 People Who Really Count

January 15, 2020

How high have you ever counted? The cool thing is that once you learn 1 through 10 and every set of 10 – that’s 20, 30. 40, up to 90 and 100 – after that you can make new numbers really easily, starting with 101. Then once you reach ten hundreds, or a thousand, you start all over again with 1,001! So our friend Ajax L. asked, what’s the highest anyone has bothered to count out loud? A guy named Jeremy Harper did count out loud all the way to 1 million back in 2007. He started on June 18 and finally finished on September 14; he had to say more than 11,000 numbers a day!

Wee ones: Can you count up to your age? Try it! How much farther can you go?

Little kids: How many numbers can you count?  Bonus: If you count off every other number to go higher, starting with 2 and 4, what are the next 4 numbers you say?

Big kids: Bigger numbers take longer to say. Can you say the number 2,386 out loud?  Bonus: If you tried counting from June 18 to September 14, how many days would you count including the first and last? (Hint if needed: What if you went to Sept. 18? June has 30 days, while July and August each have 31.)




Wee ones: Different for everyone…1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7…see how high you can make it!

Little kids: Again, different for everyone. Let us know how far you make it!  Bonus: 6, 8, 10 and 12.

Big kids: Two thousand three hundred eighty-six.  Bonus: 89 days. July 17 makes 30 days, then August 17 takes you to 61, then Sept 17 brings you to 92, then subtract 3 to back up to Sept 14.


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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 before she could walk, 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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