Poofy Pack o’ Puppies

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.

Poofy Pack o’ Puppies

November 7, 2018

We are just loving this dog family photo. Dogs come in all shapes colors and sizes; these puppies are Golden Retrievers. Retrievers are eager, hard workers with a great sense of smell. Dog experts say goldens are also the 4th smartest dog, after border collies, poodles, and German shepherds. So they work as guide dogs, rescue dogs and hunting dogs. And if you have one as a pet, they love to fetch: if you throw something, that puppy will run to get it and bring it back to you. These puppies have far more brothers and sisters than we people usually do, but a mama retriever can have up to 12 puppies at once! That’s plenty of helpers to fetch your Frisbee.

Wee ones: How many puppies can we see in the picture? Look closely!

Little kids: If the puppy who’s hiding was born 5th, how many puppies were born before her?  Bonus: If your golden puppy runs 10 feet to fetch a ball and then brings it right back to you, how far did he run in total?

Big kids: Goldens get really sad if left alone for more than 7 hours. If you leave the house at 1:30 in the afternoon, by what time should you be back?  Bonus: If a litter of puppies has 15 more legs than noses, how many puppies are there?










Wee ones: 7 puppies. One is hiding between the last 2 puppies on the right.

Little kids: 4 puppies.  Bonus: 20 feet.

Big kids: By 8:30 that night.  Bonus: 5 puppies. Each puppy has 3 more legs than noses, and 15 has 5 sets of that. They’ll have 20 legs and 5 noses.

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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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