# Monster on Wheels

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.

# Monster on Wheels

November 21, 2017

Monster trucks don’t look like monsters. They don’t have fur or claws or big drippy tongues. They’re just really huge. How huge? Their tires have to be at least 66 inches tall, which might be taller than you are! Then our fan Mero H. asked, how fast can a monster truck go? It turns out they do drive more slowly than the long skinny trucks on the highway. Back in 2014 Mark Hall broke the world speed record for a monster truck, at 99 miles an hour. Even at that pokey speed, these trucks can do tricks: the year before that, a 10,000-pound monster truck drove off a ramp and jumped 237 feet! Good thing it had big poofy tires for the landing.

Wee ones: What shape is a truck tire? What food has the same kind of shape?

Little kids: If a monster truck turns left, then right, then right, then left again to repeat the pattern, then right…which way should it turn next?  Bonus: Which weighs more, two 4,000-pound cars together, or a 10,000-pound truck?

Big kids: How many feet and inches tall is a 66-inch monster tire?  Bonus: Who’s taller, you or that 66-inch monster tire — and by how many inches?

The sky’s the limit: If you jump a truck 237 feet, then on your 2nd try you jump just 189 feet, then on your 3rd try you land between those 2 spots but twice as far from your 2nd jump as your 1st…how long is your 3rd jump?