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 7, 2018

If you’ve ever been in a pillow fight, you know how great it feels to swing that soft, feathery pillow. And we love that “foomf” sound when the pillow thumps the other person. It turns out grown-ups love pillow fights just as much as kids. Today 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 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: Grab a pillow, and thump it on your bed (or on a person who’s okay with it) 5 times while you count!

Little kids: If the 2nd pillow fighter is dressed like a pirate, and so are the 4th and the 6th…what number is the next pirate?  Bonus: If your pillow has 20 feathers but 5 come out during the fight, what numbers do you count down from 20 as they fall?

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: Count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Little kids: The 8th person.  Bonus: 19, 18, 17, 16, 15.

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 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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