Dog Day of Summer

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.

Dog Day of Summer

July 23, 2018

Today is National Hot Dog Day — or at least some people say so. Other calendars say it’s July 14. Where we do agree, though, is that 1) hot dogs are tasty, and 2) they aren’t good for you. That doesn’t stop us from eating them, as the numbers show. The average American eats 50 hot dogs a year, coming to more than 15 billion a year for the whole country! We eat 150 million of them just on the Fourth of July. 7-Eleven stores sell more hot dogs than anyone else, selling 100 million a year. Even though Americans love hot dogs, the food wasn’t invented here. Its other name is the “frankfurter,” because the first ones were made in Frankfurt, Germany way back in 1484. And based on how many we eat here, we’re glad the hot dog came to America.

Wee ones: If you chow down 5 hot dogs, what numbers do you say to count them?

Little kids: If you eat hot dogs every 6 days starting on Monday, when will you eat them next?Bonus: Will you ever get to eat them on a Wednesday?

Big kids: Is 50 hot dogs a year really that weird? About how many a month is that?  Bonus: How many hot dogs do you think you eat every year? Is it more or less than 50? How would you figure that out?












Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Little kids: On a Sunday.  Bonus: Yes. You’ll get to eat them on any weekday, since every 6th day lands on a different weekday each time.

Big kids: A little more than 4 hot dogs each month, or about once a week (and in fact, there are 52 weeks in a year!).  Bonus: Different for everyone…think about how often you eat a hot dog, then find how many times that chunk of time fits in a year.

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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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