Christmas word problems

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Christmas word problems
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Add some festive fun to your maths lessons with these Christmas word problems. Featuring 12 Christmas-themed maths questions, students can practise using their problem-solving skills to answer questions involving fractions, percentages, ratios and more.

This activity is available as a printable worksheet that can be completed independently or a PowerPoint that can be used for a whole class quiz.

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  1. A recipe for eggnog includes 1 1/2 cups of milk and 3/4 cup of cream. How much of each ingredient is needed if all the ingredients are tripled to make a larger batch?
  2. The Christmas tree in a school hall is 2.5 meters tall. If the star on top of the tree is 0.3 meters tall, how tall is the tree without the star?
  3. There are 24 pockets in an advent calendar and 72 chocolates to put into them. How many chocolates should go in each pocket?    
  4. There are 125 elves making toys in Santa’s workshop. 25 of the elves are making wooden toys. What percentage of the elves are making other types of toys?
  5. A Christmas tree is decorated with 18 red baubles, 15 green baubles and 24 gold baubles. What is the ratio of red to green to gold baubles?

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