Word Problem Wednesday: The Balloon Animal Menagerie

By Damaris | Added Jun 22, 2016

Image by Magicludovic (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In the summertime or year-round, a well-made balloon animal always makes us smile... hence this Word Problem Wednesday tribute! Give our word problem a try and check back tomorrow for the answer.

A clown makes 10 balloon giraffes, 16 balloon poodles, 5 balloon monkeys, and a balloon crab. How many balloon animals does the clown make?

Update: Here's the solution!

Let’s add the animals together, one species at a time. There are 10 giraffes and 16 poodles, and 10 + 16 = 26. To add the 5 monkeys, we can count 4 up to 30 and 1 more up to 31. One more animal—the crab—makes 32!