Game Time

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.

Game Time

February 3, 2013

Today millions of people will be glued to their screens to watch the Super Bowl, the last and most important football game of the season.  It isn’t just a chance to eat snacks, watch funny ads and enjoy a halftime show (no lipsynching, please).  A lot of people really, really care which team is going to win.  This year it’s the Baltimore Ravens vs. the San Francisco 49ers, and while many believe the 49ers are slightly favored, you’ll never get everybody to agree on that ahead of time.  The fact is, no matter what the numbers for the season might say, what matters is how the numbers shake out today.

Wee ones: If the Ravens have won 1 Super Bowl championship (as the Ravens) and the 49ers have won 5, how many more have the 49ers won?

Little kids: If the Ravens won 10 of their regular season games plus their 3 playoff games, how many games have they won this year?  Bonus: The 49ers had a rare tie game this season.  If they played 16 regular-season games plus 2 playoffs, and of those they had 4 losses and that tie, how many games have they won?

Big kids: People try to guess not only the winner, but also the number of points by which the winning team will win.  If the 49ers’ final score is a multiple of 7 that begins with a 3, and they’re predicted to win by 4 points, what final score would that be? (Assume 2-digit scores!)  Bonus: If instead we’re predicting that the two teams will together score 48 points, again with the 49ers winning by 4, what’s the score then?

Wee ones: 4 games more.

Little kids: 13 wins.  Bonus: 13 wins also…hmmm.

Big kids: That would mean 35 for the 49ers and 31 for the Ravens.  Bonus: 26-22, 49ers to Ravens.

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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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