October 13th is a Friday – a Friday the 13th! A lot of people think the number 13 is unlucky, so they worry bad things will happen today. On a happier note, a lot of people have a lucky number: maybe their birthday, or the number of letters in their first name. Do you have a lucky number? Let’s check it out!

*Wee ones:* Think of your lucky number, or just pick a number you like. Try counting up to that number!

*Little kids:* If your lucky number is 9 but your friend’s lucky number is 6, who has the bigger lucky number? *Bonus:* How much bigger is that lucky number than the other?

*Big kids:* If your lucky number is 5, so you clap for good luck 5 times before every soccer game, how many times do you clap in an 8-game season? *Bonus:* If you also eat Cheerios with 5 on the spoon for every bite, how many bites do you need to eat a bowl of 63 Cheerios — with as few non-lucky bites as possible?

Answers:

*Wee ones:* Count 1,2,3…

*Little kids:* Your lucky number is bigger. *Bonus:* By 3.

*Big kids:* 40 claps. *Bonus:* 13 bites, since 12 5’s will get you only to 60.