# The Sweetest Day of the Year

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.

# The Sweetest Day of the Year

July 20, 2015

If yesterday’s celebration of ice cream wasn’t enough for you, today we keep going with the sweet treats with National Lollipop Day. A lollipop is a simple idea — a chunk of candy on a stick — so some say it may have been around for thousands of years, when people put blobs of honey on the tip of a twig. Then in America in the 1800s, a guy named George Smith tried putting cooked candy on a stick himself. He named the new treat after a famous race horse of that time, Lolly Pop.  No one knows how many lollipops we eat each year, but the biggest lollipop maker, the Tootsie Roll Company, churns out 16 million lollipops every day. Let’s just hope they’re not eaten by one person.

Wee ones: Lollipops are made of just sugar, water, corn syrup, and flavoring — that’s it! How many ingredients (foods) is that?

Little kids: If your bag of lollipops has 4 red ones, 3 yellow ones, 2 green ones and an orange one, how many lollipops are in the bag?  Bonus: If you eat just the yellows, how many are left?

Big kids: If you grab 22 lollipops and 1/2 of them are ball-shaped while the rest are flat circles, how many flat ones do you have?  Bonus: As we learned back in April, it takes about 1,000 licks to finish a lollipop. If you take exactly 1,000, what’s the number of the second-to-last lick you take?

Answers:
Wee ones: 4 ingredients.

Little kids: 10 lollipops.  Bonus: 7 lollipops.

Big kids: 11 flat lollipops.  Bonus: The 999th lick.

### 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.