It’s a bummer when you think you’ve grown the world’s biggest pumpkin, then someone beats you out with a bigger one. So Rick Swenson set another record: rowing a giant pumpkin. As our fans Tyler and Ally M. just shared with us, Rick’s buddy grew not one, but TWO 1,400-pound pumpkins. Together they weighed as much as a car! So Rick took it one step further. He cut his own 1,100-pound pumpkin in half, scooped out the slimy seeds, plopped it in the Red River, and climbed in. As he rowed down the river, a friend texted to tell him that someone had just set a new pumpkin-paddling record of 15 miles. So Rick paddled for almost 14 hours to row 25 3/5 miles, setting a new record. The question is, who rode the other half of that pumpkin?
Wee ones: If Rick grew 1 giant pumpkin and his friend grew 2 giant pumpkins, how many did they grow in total?
Little kids: After Rick rowed the first 3 miles, what numbers would you say for the next 5 miles he rowed? Bonus: The pumpkin boat was 2 1/2 feet wide! If you lay across it, would your feet hang over the edge?
Big kids: Rick’s trip took 13 hours 40 minutes. If he started rowing at 7:30 am that day, when did he stop? (Hint if needed: What if he had rowed for just 12 hours?) Bonus: If he cut that 1,100-pumpkin exactly in half, how much did his boat weigh?
Wee ones: 3 giant pumpkins.
Little kids: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Bonus: Different for everyone…find out if you’re more than 2 1/2 feet tall!
Big kids: At 9:10 pm. Bonus: 550 pounds – about the same as a small horse.
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.