# What You’re REALLY Wearing

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# What You’re REALLY Wearing

February 26, 2019

Do you know what that top picture shows? Your jeans! Well, it’s really a photo of jeans a lot like them. They’re shown through a magnifying glass that blew up the picture bigger. Suddenly you can see how clothes are made. Jeans are woven, so some threads run up and down while others run side to side to hold them together. The bottom photo shows a turquoise T-shirt that’s knitted, so the threads link together in a chain. Humans have been weaving for at least 9,000 years, but over time machines have helped us twist skinnier and skinnier threads into softer cloth. If you can find a magnifying glass, look at your clothes in a whole new way!

Wee ones: If your jeans weave together white, blue and black threads, how many colors is that?

Little kids: If on your shirt 2 up-and-down stripes cross 2 left-right stripes, in how many places do stripes cross?  Bonus: What if you cross 3 stripes with 3?

Big kids: If the leg of your jeans is 100 threads wide and every other thread is blue, how many threads are blue?  Bonus: If there are actually 3 colors in a repeating order — blue, white and purple — what’s the greatest number of purple threads there could be?

The sky’s the limit: If there are 77 threads across, which one is exactly in the middle?