Have you ever seen snow? Many parts of America just got (millions of) tons of snow, but other places almost never get snow. One place like that is Tampa, a warm city in Florida. A kindergarten teacher in Tampa learned that only 2 of her students had ever seen snow. So she asked her sister in Kentucky, which just had a snowstorm, to help. Her sister made a snowman, named him “Lucky” and bundled him up in a cooler with ice packs. Then she mailed Lucky to Florida! He showed up the next day, as cool as ever.
Wee ones: A snowman is usually made out of 3 snowballs of different sizes. Draw a snowman like this by stacking 3 circles, with the smallest on top and the biggest on the bottom. Why do you think the top snowball should be smaller than the bottom one?
Little kids: If Lucky the snowman was “born” last Wednesday, is he at least 1 week (7 days) old now, on Monday? Start counting with Thursday as 1 day old! Bonus: If 2 kids in this class had seen snow, but there are 24 in the whole class, how many kids in the class hadn’t seen snow?
Big kids: If you need 5 buttons to make 1 snowman and you have 65 buttons, how many snowmen can you make? Bonus: What if you use only 4 buttons per snowman – how many complete snowmen can you make then?
Wee ones: Because it’s easier to get a smaller ball to balance on top of a bigger ball!
Little kids: No! He is only 5 days old. Bonus: 22 kids.
Big kids: 13 snowmen. Bonus: 16 snowmen, with 1 button left over.
As Staff Writer, Derek strives to bring you exciting Bedtime Math content and keep commas in their rightful place. Previously he helped manage a film studio in the Philadelphia area. Derek holds a B.A. in Communication- Media Production from Villanova University.