When the U.S. Post Office first began delivering packages in 1913, people got excited and mailed all sorts of surprising things – including their kids. The first baby was mailed 1 mile from his parents’ home to his grandmother’s. Kids weren’t actually sealed up in boxes or covered with stamps, of course: they just traveled with a postman. Two years later a law was passed against mailing kids, but before then one 6-year-old girl went 721 miles by mail train from Florida to Virginia for just 15 cents!

*Wee ones:* If people mailed the 1st baby plus 5 more kids, how many children were mailed in total?

*Little kids:* If you got mailed 100 miles from home and then mailed back, how far would you have traveled? *Bonus:* If people started mailing kids in 1913 and it became against the law 2 years later, when was it finally illegal?

*Big kids:* For how long has the post office been shipping packages, as of now in 2024? *Bonus:* Back in 1913 it cost a 2-cent stamp to mail 1 ounce. If the baby weighed 10 pounds, what postage should they have charged to ship him? (Reminder: 1 pound has 16 ounces.)

Answers:

*Wee ones:* 6 kids in total.

*Little kids:* 200 miles. *Bonus:* In 1915.

*Big kids:* 111 years. *Bonus:* $3.20, since he weighed 160 ounces.