Giraffe Hotel

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.

Giraffe Hotel

September 11, 2017

A hotel is a place where you pay to stay when you’re away from home. Well, if you’re in Kenya, you might also have a giraffe staying with you! Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville learned in 1974 that the rare Rothschild giraffes living in Kenya might be in danger. Since Jock and Betty already had 3 giraffes on their ranch, named Tom, Dick and Harry, they said they’d give a home to these other giraffes, too. The first one they took in, a baby named Daisy, was already 8 feet tall and weighed over 450 pounds! Ever since, the Manor has been home to about a dozen Rothschild giraffes at a time. Human visitors like you get to feed the giraffes from the breakfast table or from your own room windows. Let’s just hope the giraffes let you sleep at night.

Wee ones: If 3 giraffes come down to breakfast and you feed carrots to 2 of them, how many giraffes are still waiting for a snack?

Little kids: If the doors at the hotel are 6 feet high and Daisy was already 8 feet tall, how far did she have to lower her head to walk through?  Bonus: Daisy probably grew to be about 10 feet taller than those 8 feet. How tall did she become as an adult?

Big kids: If there are 12 giraffes at the Manor and the guests feed 4 apples to each one, how many apples do the giraffes munch down?  Bonus: When you were born, you were probably only around 20 inches tall. How much taller was Daisy at 8 feet?




Wee ones: 1 giraffe.

Little kids: 2 feet.  Bonus: 18 feet.

Big kids: 48 apples.  Bonus: 76 inches, since Daisy was 96 inches.

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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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