What’s a Woggle?

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What’s a Woggle?

July 30, 2018

What’s a woggle, you ask? It’s just another word for one of the best pool toys of all time: the pool noodle. It’s a long, colorful foam tube that you use to float in the water, and to splash other people. You can also use them to fish for other pool toys, and to blow water at people. But what if you have pool noodles but no pool? What other ways can you wiggle that woggle? If you noodle long enough on this, you’ll see that there are other ways to play with them. Turn them into marble ramps and matchbox car tracks (by cutting them in half the long way). Build forts out of them. Use them as baseball bats for balloons. Despite its name, the pool noodle needs no pool.

Wee ones: How many full pool noodle arches can you see in the picture?

Little kids: If you have 4 yellow noodles, 2 blue noodles and 3 red noodles in the pool, how many noodles do you have?  Bonus: If 2 friends swim over and you all share the noodles equally, how many noodles does each of you get?

Big kids: If you hold a 6-foot woggle and spray water 3 times that distance from the end, how far from your noodle do you spray water?  Bonus: You can build a super-cool blueberry ramp by taping 4 woggles together. If each one is 6 feet 5 inches long, how long is your blueberry ramp? (Reminder: a foot has 12 inches.)












Wee ones: 8 arched noodles.

Little kids: 9 pool noodles.  Bonus: 3 pool noodles apiece.

Big kids: 18 feet.  Bonus: 25 feet 8 inches. 4 times that length gives you 24 feet 20 inches, which is 24 feet plus another 12-inch foot, plus the leftover 8 inches.

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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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