A Toe-tally New Way to Celebrate

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A Toe-tally New Way to Celebrate

August 7, 2015

As we know, just about anything can have its own “holiday” around here: snacks, types of pets, or yesterday’s wiggling your toes. Here’s someone who truly goes a step farther to celebrate each and every day’s idea: by taking photos of her feet. A girl who calls herself “inthemshoes” takes a picture of her feet in costume to match each holiday. She puts on a certain pair of shoes, or stands in a special place — a tile floor, or grass, or a swimming pool — and holds objects like flowers, pets, jewelry, or whatever else that day makes special. Some are real holidays, like Ascension Day or the fluffier Take Your Dog to Work Day. But she also came up with themes like Fruity Friday, where she pairs colorful shoes with limes scattered around her. You can see some of her photos here, and can see just how many shoes are getting into the act!

Wee ones: If you take 1 photo each day this week, how many photos do you take — and can you name the days of the week?

Little kids: If inthemshoes wears her purple striped shoes every 3rd day starting on Monday, what are the next 2 days she wears them?  Bonus: If Fruity Friday falls today, August 7, what date is the next Fruity Friday?

Big kids: If inthemshoes wears her purple shoes, her silver strappy sandals, and 9 other pairs of shoes, how many individual shoes get to be in the pictures?  Bonus: If in a 30-day month animals show up in 1/10 of the photos, how many animal pictures does she take?




Wee ones: 7 photos, for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Little kids: On Thursday, and then Sunday.  Bonus: August 14.

Big kids: 22 shoes, since that makes 11 pairs.  Bonus: 3 animal pictures.

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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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