Doggie Dinnertime, Week by Week

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.

Doggie Dinnertime, Week by Week

July 5, 2017

You’ve got to love this video of puppies skidding down the hall towards their food bowls. The 2 golden retrievers run down the same hall over and over — except they’re shown doing this about every 3 weeks. So through the video we see the puppies grow, and get a little better at rounding the corner without crashing. At 46 weeks (about 11 months old), the puppies are almost full size. Grown-up goldens stand about 24 inches tall and weigh about 70 pounds. But the pups are still “teenagers” agewise: they still don’t know how long their legs are, and trip over their goofy feet. Somehow, they still make it to dinner.

Wee ones: Point to the puppy on the left in the picture. Now point to the puppy on the right!

Little kids: How many big paws do those 2 puppies have together?  Bonus: If the puppies had romped on camera at 11 weeks, then 14, then 17…what week number would have been next?

Big kids: The video filmed the puppies from the end of 11 weeks until the end of the 46th week. For how long were they filmed?  Bonus: A dog’s age in “dog years” is 7 times the actual time they’ve lived, since they live shorter lives than we do. How long is 11 months in dog years and months?




Wee ones: See if you can tell your left from right.

Little kids: 8 paws.  Bonus: 20 weeks, because they’re all 3-week jumps.

Big kids: 35 weeks.  Bonus: It’s 77 months, which is 6 years and 5 months.

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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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