Too Big to Fly?

You might have heard about magical reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh. But the regular reindeer that live in the Arctic don’t fly. They just eat, drink, walk, run, poop, and do everything else mammals do. Also known as caribou, reindeer are one of the biggest types of deer, with males weighing 400 pounds and females topping 250 pounds. They’re also incredibly strong and people do use them to pull sleighs…but good thing they aren’t trying to fly!

Wee ones: Who has more legs, you or a reindeer? (All reindeer have 4 legs.)

Little kids: Reindeer are the only kind of deer where both the males and females have antlers, with 2 antlers each.  How many antlers do 3 reindeer have all together?  Bonus: A real reindeer can run at up to 50 miles per hour.  If a magical reindeer can fly 10 miles an hour faster, how fast is the magical one?

Big kids: A reindeer’s antlers can be as tall as 53 inches!  How does that compare to your height?  Bonus: If a reindeer could fly 100 miles an hour, how far could it fly in 1 full day? (Reminder if needed: A day has 24 hours.)


Wee ones: The reindeer has more legs.

Little kids: 6 antlers.  Bonus: 60 miles an hour.

Big kids: Different for everyone…subtract 53 from your height in inches, or subtract your height from 53.  Bonus: 2,400 miles – about 1/10 of the way around the Earth!

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