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Deputy First Minister's Easter Holiday maths challenge 2019

If you’re looking for a fun activity you can do with your child this Easter break, why not give the Deputy First Minister’s Easter Maths Challenge a try? It's full of fun puzzles you can pick and choose from to keep them busy.

You'll find all the answers over at Making Maths Count from April 15!

Puzzle 1: Bunnies and chicks

How many legs?

  1. There are 18 bunnies and 14 chicks in a field. How many legs are there altogether?
  2. There are also some bunnies and some chicks in the next field. Eilidh counts how many heads she can see and gets 40. Dipak counts the total number of legs and gets 106. How many bunnies are there?
  3. Bonus round: See if you can create your own puzzle and challenge someone in your family!bunnies and chicks

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International deliveries

The Easter Bunny's helpers

The Easter Bunny is making plans to have Easter eggs delivered to children all around the world! Luckily, he has a team of helpers in every country.

The Easter Bunny will deliver his Easter eggs in Heidelberg in Germany at exactly 10am and he wants his helpers to deliver their eggs at exactly the same moment. But there's a problem! It seems that the time is different in different countries!

Table of timezones

The table shows each country's time compared to that in Heidelberg. For example, Australia is 9 hours ahead of Heidelberg time (shown as +9 in this table), while Argentine is 5 hours behind (shown as -5).

a) When should the Easter eggs be delivered by the helpers in:

  1. Cairo, Egypt?
  2. Tokyo, Japan?
  3. Edinburgh, Scotland?
  4. Washington DC, USA?
  5. Delhi, India?
  6. Kathmandu, Nepal?

b) If it is 6am in Mexico City, what time is it in Beijing, China?

c) If it is noon in Nairobi, Kenya, what time is it in Buenos Aires, Argentina?

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Puzzle 3: Minibeast hunt

Spot the minibeasts

The Easter holiday is the perfect time to go minibeast spotting! There are plenty of places to find minibeasts - under rocks and logs, in the air, in trees...


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Mapping the weather

b) While you're out on your minibeast hunt, draw the symbol that best describes the weather each day. Hopefully it's sunshine!

Weather map

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Looks like it's raining minibeasts!

c) Plot your findings from the minibeast hunt on a graph like this. Remember to use the colours red, orange, blue, green and yellow from the graph key so you can tell all your minibeasts apart!

Weather and minibeast graph

d) Use your graph and weather table to help you answer these questions:

  1. In what weather conditions were you most likely to see winged insects?
  2. In what weather conditions were you most likely to see wingless insects?
  3. What kinds of weather conditions were you most likely to see on days with heavy rain?
  4. Did you notice any other features on your graph?

If you're not able to get out counting minibeasts, you can see how many we found at the Making Maths Count blog and use this in your graph!

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Puzzle 4: Easter egg boxes

Puzzle 4: Easter egg boxes

Maths is everywhere in the world around us and shapes are just one of the ways we can see it. The shape of chocolate Easter egg boxes is a fun way to explore this.


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Make your own!

Can you name and draw the 3D shapes for each of these nets? The first one has been done for you.


For an extra challenge, try identifying how many faces, vertices and edges each of the 3D shapes has. You could even try making your own!

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Scavenger hunt!

Once you have done this, have a look for these shapes in real life – you might find them in your home, in the buildings in your neighbourhood, even in nature out at your local park.

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Download the Easter Maths Challenge

Download the English version here

Download the Gaelic version here