A Year of Stuffed Animals

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.

A Year of Stuffed Animals

May 2, 2016

Everyone has a favorite stuffed animal — even grown-ups remember and love the ones they had as kids. There are stuffed animals of all kinds, from puppies to bears to squid and snails. Our friend and fan Amber J. loves Chihuahuas, those very tiny dogs with big ears. So she asked us, how many stuffed Chihuahuas are made every day? Well, we don’t know how many are Chihuahuas, but we can guess. America buys more than $1 billion of stuffed animals every year…so if each toy costs around $10, that’s 100 million stuffed animals. Even if only 1/100 of them were dogs, and only 1/100 of those were Chihuahuas, that would still come to 10,000 stuffed Chihuahuas. By the way, if you can’t find your favorite animal as a toy, you can draw a picture and send it to the Budsies company, who will make it into a stuffed animal! Now you can have that Chihuahua in green or purple, or just invent your own creature.

Wee ones: If you have 3 stuffed animal bunnies and 5 stuffed animal bears, of which do you have more?

Little kids: If you line up 3 stuffed animals, then stack 2 on top of those, then 1 on the very top to make a triangle, how many animals are there?  Bonus: If you got a new stuffed animal in 2012, then another in 2014, then another this year…in what year do you get your next one to keep the pattern?

Big kids: One family of Bedtime Math fans has 226 stuffed animals! If they took 10 years to get them and got 11 the first year and 15 the second year, how many did they get over the remaining 8 years?  Bonus: How many stuffed animals a year would that be if it was equal every year? (Hint if needed: 8 is 2 x 2 x 2, so to divide by 8 you can just cut in half 3 times in a row.)




Wee ones: More bears.

Little kids: 6 stuffed animals.  Bonus: In 2018.

Big kids: 200 more stuffed animals.  Bonus: 25 animals per year.

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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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