Hey, somebody get those kids some pants! Tomorrow is National Take Your Pants for a Walk Day. Who knows why it’s right smack in July, the warmest month of the year for the U.S. But we looked into this, and they say you can celebrate with shorts, skirts and dresses, too. We’re just not supposed to walk around in our underwear.
The walking is the important part here. Walking around is good exercise for your body, even if you aren’t sure where you’re going. Health experts say we should exercise every day, and that kids should take up to 14,000 steps every day. When we do the math, that’s a lot of steps every hour. Yikes — better throw on some pants and get moving.
Wee ones: How many steps do you take to get from your bed to the door? Count them up!
Little kids: If you take 9 steps starting with your left foot, how many do you take with each foot? Which foot took more steps? Bonus: If 5 people take their pants for a walk (by wearing them), how many pant legs is that?
Big kids: If you wear pants only when it’s 70 degrees at most, and it’s 83 degrees today, how much does it have to cool off for you to switch from shorts to pants? Bonus: If you walk your pants 14,000 steps in just 7 hours today, how many steps do you take each hour (if they’re all equal)?
Wee ones: Different for everyone…see how many it is if you take big steps or small steps!
Little kids: The left will take more (5 steps) while the right will take 4. Bonus: 10 pant legs.
Big kids: 13 degrees. Bonus: 2,000 steps each hour. That comes to more than 30 a minute, or more than 1 every 2 seconds…not super fast, but for a long time!
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.