The Great Pillow Fight

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 Great Pillow Fight

April 15, 2016

If you’ve ever slept over at a friend’s house, you know that that’s a great time to have a pillow fight. Swinging a soft, feathery pillow feels great, and we love that “foomf” sound when the pillow thumps the other person. As much as kids love this, it turns out grown-ups like pillow fights just as much. Earlier this month, cities around the world held International Pillow Fight Day, where in some places hundreds of pillow-throwing people showed up to strut their stuff(ing). A lot of folks even wear costumes to the party, showing up as pirates, giraffes, bananas and more. So how many pillows flew – and how many held together till the end?

Wee ones: This was the 7th pillow fight ever. What numbers would you say to count those battles?

Little kids: If the 2nd pillow fighter to join in is dressed like a pirate, and so are the 4th and the 6th…what number is the next pirate?  Bonus: While this was the 7th worldwide pillow fight ever, New York City has held it more than that. If they’ve held 4 more pillow fights, how many have they had?

Big kids: If you and 9 friends have a pillow fight, and 1/2 of you have 1 pillow apiece while the other 1/2 of you have 2 pillows each, how many pillows are there in total?  Bonus: If there are 4 times as many feather pillows as fake pillows in that pile, how many pillows could explode into feathers?




Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7.

Little kids: The 8th person.  Bonus: 11 pillow fights.

Big kids: 15 pillows, since 1/2 the kids have 5 in total, and the other 1/2 have 10 in total.  Bonus: 12 feather pillows.

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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 while still in diapers, 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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