# A Month of Power-Eating

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 Month of Power-Eating

August 7, 2017

Can you imagine waiting 11 *months* to eat? That’s life for the arctic woolly bear moth. While many animals “hibernate,” or sleep through winter to survive the cold, Arctic moths also sleep most of the summer. They spend 95% of their lives frozen, and wake up just for June. Then they have to do all their eating for the year in just 3-4 weeks. When they’re done feasting, they wrap themselves in a cocoon until the next summer. In this photo the moth is still a cute, fuzzy caterpillar; it takes 7 to 14 years of this weird life to eat enough to turn into a moth with wings. As humans, we’re very lucky to eat every day.

Wee ones: If a fuzzy caterpillar just became a moth at 9 years old, is it older or younger than you?

Little kids: If that 9-year-old moth’s buddy took 1 year longer to become a moth, how old is the buddy?  Bonus: If you spent the month of June eating and slept the rest of the year, how many months each year would you sleep?

Big kids: If you got a pet arctic woolly bear caterpillar today and it became a moth 14 years from now, how old would you be then?  Bonus: What fraction of your life do you spend eating compared to these caterpillars? If you eat 3 meals a day and spend 1 hour on each, what fraction of your day (and your life) is that?