Better Than Turtle Soup

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.

Better Than Turtle Soup

July 4, 2015

It’s the Fourth of July, the day Americans celebrate becoming their own free country: on this day in 1776 the country’s founders signed the Declaration of Independence. The White House didn’t hold its first Fourth of July party until 1801, but we’ve been partying ever since. This week Americans will buy about 700 million pounds of chicken for holiday barbecues, and will eat more than 150 million hot dogs today. Back in 1776 the country had fewer than 3 million people cooking up dinner, and they feasted on totally different foods like turtle soup. But today we have about 320 million people cooking up chicken and hot dogs. That’s why America’s turtles are celebrating, too.

Wee ones: Which number is bigger, 3 million or 300 million?

Little kids: If you eat 5 hot dogs today but count them down starting with 5, what numbers do you say?  Bonus: If your 2 friends each eat just 3 hot dogs, how many do you all eat together?

Big kids: If you barbecue for 20 people and serve each person 1 chicken drumstick and 2 chicken wings, how many pieces do you cook in total?  Bonus: If no one eats more than 1 of those 150 million hot dogs, how many of our 320 million people don’t get one?




Wee ones: 300 million.

Little kids: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Bonus: 11 hot dogs, since they eat 6 along with your 5.

Big kids: 60 pieces.  Bonus: 170 million people.

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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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