How many types of foxes are there and who invented wigs? Try our kids’ quiz

<span>Illustration: Hennie Haworth/The Guardian</span>
Illustration: Hennie Haworth/The Guardian
  1. Edison, 6, asks: how many types of foxes are there in the whole wide world?

    1. There’s just the one type of fox

    2. It’s impossible to know because they usually come out at night, so experts can’t count them

    3. 12 true foxes – and other species called fox that aren’t true foxes

    4. D Three

  2. Byron, 10, asks: what is the name of the toy cowboy in Toy Story?

    1. Andy

    2. Prince Charming

    3. Buzz Lightyear

    4. Woody

  3. Albert, 5, asks: which planet has the strongest gravitational force?

    1. Jupiter

    2. Mars

    3. Earth

    4. Saturn

  4. Rosalie, 9, asks: why are pandas black and white?

    1. They have white heads and tummies to help them stay cool in summer

    2. Pandas have black paws so that dirt doesn’t show up on their fur

    3. Pandas are polar bears who’ve got old, which makes them grow black fur in certain patches

    4. Their black and white fur acts as camouflage, so they can hide from their predators

  5. Kitty, 9, asks: who invented wigs?

    1. The Victorians

    2. The ancient Egyptians

    3. The Vikings

    4. The Romans


1:C - There are 12 species of “true” fox around the world, which include the common red fox. However, there are other species who have “fox” in their names, but aren’t considered true foxes, such as the crab-eating fox!, 2:D - Woody is the name of Andy’s beloved cowboy doll in the Toy Story movies. He’s Andy’s favourite, Buzz Lightyear’s best friend, and the leader of Andy’s toys., 3:A - Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system, so it has the strongest gravitational force. You would weigh two and a half times as much on Jupiter as you do on Earth! , 4:D - Scientists aren’t sure why pandas are black and white, but they think the fur is camouflage. Pandas that live in the snow blend into their home thanks to their white fur, and the black fur helps them blend into bamboo forests. Their two-tone look might also confuse a potential predator., 5:B - Historians think that the ancient Egyptians were the first to wear wigs, way back in 3400BC. They made them from human hair, or from vegetable fibres, and used beeswax and resin from trees to stick them in place.


  1. 5 and above.

  2. 4 and above.

  3. 3 and above.

  4. 2 and above.

  5. 0 and above.

  6. 1 and above.

Molly Oldfield hosts Everything Under the Sun, a weekly podcast answering children’s questions, out now as a book.

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