We are just loving this dog family photo of Golden Retriever puppies. Retrievers are eager, hard workers with a great sense of smell, and they love to play fetch. These puppies have far more brothers and sisters than we people usually do, but a mama retriever can have up to 12 puppies at once! That’s plenty of helpers to fetch your Frisbee.
Wee ones: How many puppies can we see in the picture? Look closely!
Little kids: If the puppy who’s hiding was born 5th, how many puppies were born before her? Bonus: If your golden puppy runs 10 feet to fetch a ball and then brings it right back to you, how far did he run in total?
Big kids: Goldens get really sad if left alone for more than 7 hours. If you leave the house at 1:30 in the afternoon, by what time should you be back? Bonus: If a litter of puppies has 15 more legs than noses, how many puppies are there?
Wee ones: 7 puppies. One is hiding between the last 2 puppies on the right.
Little kids: 4 puppies. Bonus: 20 feet.
Big kids: By 8:30 that night. Bonus: 5 puppies. Each puppy has 3 more legs than noses, and 15 has 5 sets of that. They’ll have 20 legs and 5 noses.
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.