Not Your Everyday Mouse

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.

Not Your Everyday Mouse

January 13, 2013

On January 13, 1930, a new cartoon mouse showed up in U.S. newspapers for the first time: Mickey Mouse. When Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks first drew this friendly rodent 2 years earlier, they probably had no idea that a mouse could become so popular.  With his high voice, red shorts, and poofy yellow shoes that look impossible to walk in, Mickey is one of the world’s most famous cartoon characters.  He was also the first cartoon character to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside real humans. After all, Mickey wears clothes, too.

Wee ones: Who wears more shoes, you or Mickey?

Little kids: If Mickey is good friends with 2 ducks, 2 dogs and 1 lovely girl mouse, how many good friends does he have?  Bonus: If Mickey had already been around for 2 years in 1930, in what year was he first drawn?

Big kids: Mickey Mouse has also appeared in 130 movies!  If he showed up for 10 minutes in each movie, how many minutes of screen time has Mickey performed?  Bonus: Mickey will turn 90 years old in 2018. How old will you be, and how much older than you is Mickey?




Wee ones: You’re the same – you each wear 32 shoes!

Little kids: 5 good friends.  Bonus: 1928.

Big kids: 1,300 minutes of screen time.  Bonus: Different for everyone…figure out your age in 2018, then subtract from 90.

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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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