High-Flying Jump

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.

High-Flying Jump

May 19, 2019

Jumping on a trampoline can make you feel like a superhero. Just one little push-off and you’re flying higher than anybody on the ground. With all that time hanging in the air, you can do flips, bounce onto your knees, or land in a handstand. There are world records for the longest time jumping, the most one-legged jumps, and even the “Fastest Time to Dress in Formal Attire While Jumping on a Trampoline.” Even dogs are getting into the act: check out this video of a Great Dane (a really huge dog) doing some jumps himself!

Wee ones: Jump as high as you can from the floor. Now do 2 more jumps! How many jumps did you do?

Little kids: If you and your pet dog jump on the trampoline, how many legs do you have in total?  Bonus: If you jump for 20 seconds and count down from 20, what are the first 10 numbers you say?

Big kids: If you’re in the air 4 seconds per jump, and you need 8 seconds in the air to pull on pants, 12 seconds to pull on a shirt, and 8 seconds to pull on socks, how many jumps do you need to get dressed in the air?  Bonus: In one world record, Ken Kovach spun a hula hoop 130 times around himself while jumping. If he did 2 spins per second, how long did it take him to set the record?
Wee ones: 3 jumps.

Little kids: 6 legs.  Bonus: 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11.

Big kids: 7 jumps (2 + 3 + 2).  Bonus: 65 seconds.

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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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