Even if the Common Core leaves you clueless, you’ll solve these summer-time Mommy Math problems like a real math whiz.
1. Mikey goes to a summer day camp 20 miles away each day till 4 pm. If the bus leaves camp at 4:10 pm, traveling at 35 miles per hour, and makes five stops before reaching Mikey’s neighborhood, how many seconds after exiting the bus will Mikey ask his mom where the iPad is so he can play Minecraft?
2. Liza takes her five-year-old and her eight-year-old out for frozen yogurt. The five-year-old fills her cup with four ounces of chocolate frozen yogurt and adds two scoops each of M&Ms, crushed Oreos and marshmallows. The eight-year-old fills his cup with five ounces of cookies & cream frozen yogurt and adds on an additional five ounces of gummy worms and gummy bears. Calculate how many ounces of frozen yogurt Liza will end up finishing when the kids decide they’re full.
Extra credit: By how much will Liza readjust her bathroom scale so she can pretend she’s not gaining weight?
3. Janie and Jack beg their parents to “Please! Please! Please!” take them to ride a roller coaster called The Beast every day. If after the first six weeks of summer, their parents cave to the endless begging and agree to drive two hours to the amusement park, pay $89.99 per ticket to enter the park and then wait in line for 90 minutes (enduring 80 minutes of “Is it our turn yet? Is it our turn YET???”), by how many fractions of an inch will Li’l Janie be too short to ride?
Extra credit: How many overpriced plastic souvenir park trinkets will Mom and Dad need to purchase before Li’l Janie stops crying, “I wanna riiiiiiide!! WHY CAN’T I RIDE???”
4. Maggie has a package of eight popsicles in assorted flavors. If she divides them equally between four children, how many will pout that they don’t like the color popsicle she gave them?
5. Sammy spies a super-soaker water gun that costs $19.99 while grocery shopping with his mom. He chatters nonstop about the super-soaker for 45 minutes, promising to “never ask for anything else, ever, ever again” if she’ll buy it for him. If his mom finally agrees to buy the water gun so that she can “just get through my grocery list for crissakes!” estimate, to the nearest minute, the time it will take Sammy to lose all interest in the super-soaker once he gets his new toy home.
Extra credit: When Sammy’s younger brother picks up the forgotten water gun, estimate how many seconds it will take for Sammy to snatch it back, yelling, “Don’t touch it! That’s mine! You can’t have it. MOM!!!”
6. Twins Kelly and Katie ask their mom to supervise them while they go swimming at the community pool. If it takes them 10 minutes to drive to the pool, 15 minutes for the girls to change into their bathing suits and 20 minutes for Mom to set up her lounge chair, adjust the umbrella for shade and get comfortable with her trashy beach novel and icy cold beverage, calculate how many minutes before both girls declare the pool is “too cold” and that they want to go home “RIGHT NOW, MOM!”