A Week of Palindromes

A word or phrase that can be read the same backwards and forwards (such as racecar or kayak) is called a palindrome. Numbers can be palindromes, too.

A numeral palindrome or palindromic number is a symmetrical number that remains the same when its digits are reversed. Numerical palindromes include the numbers 11, 55, 202, 1001, 13531, 72927, etc.

Every day this week, from May 10 through May 19, when read in the U.S. style of month/day/year, is a palindromic number. See for yourself:


Some common word palindromes are:

civic, did, eye, gag, level, mom, peep, noon, radar, tot, wow

Some palindromic phrases are:

“Go dog.”
“Madam, I’m Adam.”
“Now I won.”
“Was it a rat I saw?”

Some palindromic names are:

Anna, Bob, Dad, Eve, Hannah, Mom, Pop, Sis, Otto, Papa

Did You Know…?

Aibohphobia, the fear of palindromes, is another palindrome!

Palindrome Fun for Kids

http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/riddles/palindromes.htm – Try out these palindrome riddles!

http://www.mathgoodies.com/palindromes – A page of math-themed palindrome riddles.

http://www.education.com/activity/article/palindromes-for-kids– Palindromes are a fun and silly way to practice a whole host of writing skills. Challenge your child to come up with as many palindromes as he or she can in this crazy writing activity from Education.com!

Happy Palindrome Week!

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