Goat 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.

Goat on Wheels

February 22, 2018

The skateboard is such a simple idea: you stick a board on top of 4 little wheels, hop on top, and start rolling down the street. People soon realized that their pets might want to try this, and a couple of dogs hold skateboarding world records. But wouldn’t any animal want a ride? A goat named Happie loves to skateboard, too. Her owner, Melody Cooke, noticed that the goat kept chasing her as she rode her bike, and trying to hop on with her. So Melody got Happie her own skateboard, and taught her to jump onto it for a ride. In 2012 Happie rode the board for 118 feet, the world’s longest distance skateboarded by a goat. Goats may be famous mostly for eating everything in sight, like your lawn, your carpet and your shoes, but clearly Happie has other talents. Let’s hope she doesn’t eat the skateboard.

Wee ones: What numbers do you say to count the goat’s legs?

Little kids: If Happie weighs 38 pounds and Melody weighs 52 pounds, who weighs more?  Bonus: Happie’s record ride took 25 seconds. If she started saying meh-eh-ehhhh 3 seconds before the end, how far into the ride did she start making noise?

Big kids: Nigerian Dwarf goats are about 30 inches tall in total. If the skateboard was 11 inches longer than that, how long was the skateboard?  Bonus: If Happie had ridden exactly 100 feet in 25 seconds, how many feet would she have rolled in 1 minute at that speed? (Hint if needed: How many feet would Happie have ridden in just 1 second?)




Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Little kids: Melody weighs more.  Bonus: At 22 seconds.

Big kids: 41 inches.  Bonus: 240 feet, since she was riding 4 feet per second.

And come back tomorrow to learn how many noodles it takes to make a mile of pasta!

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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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