If you’re looking for a fun activity you can do with your child this Christmas break, why not give the Deputy First Minister’s Christmas Maths Challenge a go? Its full of fun festive puzzles you can pick and choose from to keep them busy.
Can you complete the grid?
Santa's label machine
Santa's busy at work getting ready to deliver his presents to all the little boys and girls across Scotland.
Each sack of presents holds 4 presents. Each present gets a name label and each sack has one extra label so Santa doesn't get lost.
How many labels will be needed for
(a) 3 sacks (b) 5 sacks (c) 8 sacks?
How many filled sacks could be delivered with
(d) 17 labels (e) 29 labels (f) 41 labels?
Challenge: Play against someone else!
Calling all carol singers
Extra Christmas cheer
Yuletide Street has 90 houses. A group of Primary 4 carol singers visit every 4th house. A group of Primary 6 carol singers visit every 6th house.
How many houses are visited by both groups?
P3 and P7 join in, stopping at every 3rd house every 7th house respectively.
Is there a house that is visited by all 4 classes? If so, what is the house number?
Christmas cheer for all
If the whole school from P1 to P7 went carol singing following the same rules:
How many more houses in Yuletide Street would there need to be so that all classes visit the same house?
HINT - Make sure that the number of the class matches the number of the house they first visit. For example, P3 first visit the 3rd house, P7 first visit the 7th house.
Santa and the twelve elves
Meeting, eating and greeting
After delivering all of the presents, Santa and his team of twelves elves meet up for CHristmas dinner. They sit down at a round table and each person is given a glass of fizzy drink. They clink glasses with the person next to them on their right and the person next to them on their left.
How many clinks of glasses are there?