Every day we see grown-ups go to their jobs and work hard — maybe at an office, a restaurant, a school, or a construction site. Well, tomorrow their dogs get to help out. Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, and we’re wondering how well that’s going to go. Sure, dogs are friendly and helpful, and if they could type, use scissors, or drive a dump truck, they’d happily do it for us. But we’re guessing that most visiting dogs are better at sniffing people’s feet and chewing the furniture. If dogs did have to work, the workplace would need taller chairs, dog food at the cafeteria, keyboards with really huge letters…and a boss who understands their barks. Plus what if a dog up on the 30th floor needs to pee? It’s probably just as well they go to work just one day of the year.
Wee ones: Dogs have 4 legs. Get down on your hands and knees like a dog, and bark 6 times!
Little kids: If today is Thursday and your dog also went to work yesterday, what day was that? Bonus: If you and your dog take turns typing, and you type the 1st sentence, then your dog types the 2nd, then you type the 3rd and so on…who types the 12th sentence?
Big kids: If you work as a chef and your dog eats every 4th burger you flip, how many does she eat out of 12 burgers you cook? Bonus: If a dog has 2 people working for him, and they each have 3 people working for them, and those people each bring 4 dogs, how many dogs work with that top dog?
Wee ones: Count your barks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6!
Little kids: Wednesday. Bonus: Your dog.
Big kids: 3 burgers, whether she starts on the 1st or some other burger. Bonus: 24 dogs, brought by 6 people (3+3).
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.