It’s much easier to be a person than a dog. When you’re thirsty, you can fill a glass with water from the faucet. But a dog has to wait for someone to fill his bowl. Well, this Great Dane doesn’t want to wait. He figured out how to step on the water fountain pedal to make water come out. So now he just drinks from there! Great Danes are one of the biggest dog breeds. They can stand almost 3 feet tall at the shoulder, and can weigh up to 200 pounds. These huge dogs look a little scary, but Great Danes are very sweet and gentle with kids. And this one is polite: as we see in the video, he’s nice enough not to lick the faucet while drinking!
Wee ones: If the Great Dane slurps up 7 sips of water, what numbers do you say to count them?
Little kids: If the dog starts the water fountain with his left paw, then his right, then his right again, then starts over with his left paw, then his right…which paw does he use next? Bonus: If that Great Dane weighs 200 pounds and his puppy friend already weighs 100 pounds, how much do they weigh together?
Big kids: If a Great Dane is 34 inches tall at the shoulder and the top of his head is 10 inches above that, who’s taller, you or the dog? Bonus: Every 2 cups of water weighs 1 pound (16 ounces). If the Great Dane weighs 180 pounds, then slurps up 8 cups of water, how much does he weigh on the scale now if he doesn’t pee first?
Wee ones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Little kids: The right paw. Bonus: 300 pounds.
Big kids: Different for everyone…see if you’re taller or shorter than 44 inches! Bonus: 184 pounds, since the 8 cups of water weigh 4 pounds.
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.