Bedtime Math Superfan

The Race to Eat 100 Plates
November 25th, 2022

The holiday eating season is just getting started, which may be why our friend Charlize C. asked, how long would it take to eat 100 plates of food? Well, that depends on both the food and the person eating it. Competitive speed-eaters can eat 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in just 1 minute. *IF* they could eat […]

Cookies for Your Pet Grasshopper
October 28th, 2022

Our fan Joey K. asked a great question: how fast could a grasshopper eat a cookie? Scientists aren’t sure how fast a grasshopper eats, but they do know that it can eat 16 times its own weight in 1 day! These bugs each weigh about half a gram, so the grasshopper could eat only 8 […]

Your Very Hungry Vacuum Cleaner
October 27th, 2022

How does a vacuum cleaner work? The machine has a really strong fan spinning inside. Instead of blowing air out at you, the fan pulls air — and dirt, and Lego, and little fuzzies from your sweater — up into the vacuum. A normal vacuum cleaner can lift about 5 pounds with the hose attachment, […]

Can You Count All the Clouds?
May 10th, 2022

Have you ever tried to count all the clouds in the sky? Set your sights high in this fun outdoor math story to share with your kids!

Hang Onto That Party Balloon!
April 2nd, 2022

If you let a balloon go, how high can it float? Reach new heights with this story starring a Bedtime Math Superfan!

Hand It Over!
March 24th, 2022

When you do one simple thing, like flicking a light switch, your body is actually doing tonsof things. Your eyes and brain have to work together to send your hand to the right spot. And your hand isn’t one thing, but a crazy connection of muscles, bones, and tendons. Our friend Maggie K. wanted to know: […]

Two Peas a Day Keeps the Dentist Away
March 12th, 2022

OK, this is WAY more toothpaste than you need to brush your teeth. But what’s the right amount? And as our fan Maggie H. asked, how many squeezes can you get from one tube? Dentists say to use a blob the size of a pea, which comes to about 1/100th of a fluid ounce. So for every […]

Hang onto Your Hair!
January 5th, 2022

If a cat earned a dollar for every hair it shed, how much money would the kitty have at the end of 1 year? Read on to do the hairy math!

How Far Can You Reach?
September 24th, 2021

Have you ever held hands in a long line? How far did you all stretch? Our fan Lily J. asked, if everyone in the U.S. held hands, how long would that line be? We can use a very cool body math fact to figure this out: your arms stretch across about the same distance as […]

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