Fun math word problems for kids
This article is for parents who think about how to help with math and support their children. The math word problems below provide a gentle introduction to common math operations for schoolers of different grades.
What are math word problems?
During long-time education, kids face various hurdles that turn into real challenges. Parents shouldn’t leave their youngsters with their problems. They need an adult’s possible help, but what if the parents themselves aren’t good at mathematics? All’s not lost. You can provide your kid with different types of support. Not let a kid burn the midnight oil! Help him/ her to get over the challenges thanks to these captivating math word examples.
Math word problems are short math questions formulated into one or several sentences. They help schoolers to apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios. Besides, this kind of task helps kids to understand this subject better.
Addition for the first and second grades
These math examples are perfect for kids that just stepped into primary school. Here you find six easy math problems with answers:
1. Peter has eight apples. Dennis gives Peter three more. How many apples does Peter have in all?
Answer: 8 apples + 3 apples = 11 apples.
2. Ann has seven candies. Lack gives her seven candies more. How many candies does Ann have in all?
Answer: 7 candies + 7 candies = 14 candies.
3. Walter has two books. Matt has nine books. If Matt gives all his books to Walter, how many books will Walter have?
Answer: 2 books + 9 books = 11 books.
4. There are three crayons on the table. Albert puts five more crayons on the table. How many crayons are on the table?
Answer: 3 crayons + 5 crayons = 8 crayons.
5. Bill has nine oranges. His friend has one orange. If his friend gives his orange to Bill, how many oranges will Bill have?
Answer: 9 oranges + 1 orange = 10 oranges.
6. Jassie has four leaves. Ben has two leaves. Ben gives her all his leaves. How many leaves does Jessie have in all?
Answer: 4 leaves + 2 leaves = 6 leaves.
Subtraction for the first and second grades
1. There were three books in total at the book shop. A customer bought one book. How many books are left?
Answer: 3 books – 1 book = 2 books.
2. There are five pizzas in total at the pizza shop. Andy bought one pizza. How many pizzas are left?
Answer: 5 pizzas – 1 pizza = 4 pizzas.
3. Liza had eleven stickers. She gave one of her stickers to Sarah. How many stickers does Liza have?
Answer: 11 stickers – 1 sticker = 10 stickers.
4. Adrianna had ten stones. But then she left two stones. How many stones does Adrianna have?
Answer: 10 stones – 2 stones = 8 stones.
5. Mary bought a big bag of candy to share with her friends. There were 20 candies in the bag. Mary gave three candies to Marissa. She also gave three candies to Kayla. How many candies were left?
Answer: 20 candies – 3 candies – 3 candies = 14 candies.
6. Betty had a pack of 25 pencil crayons. She gave five to her friend Theresa. She gave three to her friend Mary. How many pencil crayons does Betty have left?
Answer: 25 crayons – 5 crayons – 3 crayons = 17 crayons.
Multiplication for the 2nd grade and 3rd grade
See the simple multiplication word problems. Make sure that the kid has a concrete understanding of the meaning of multiplication before.
Bill is having his friends over for the game night. He decided to prepare snacks and games.
1. He makes mini sandwiches. If he has five friends coming over and he made three sandwiches for each of them, how many sandwiches did he make?
Answer: 5 x 3 = 15 sandwiches.
2. He also decided to get some juice from fresh oranges. If he used two oranges per glass of juice and made six glasses of juice, how many oranges did he use?
Answer: 2 x 6 = 12 oranges.
3. Then Bill prepared the games for his five friends. If each game takes 7 minutes to prepare and he prepared a total of four games, how many minutes did it take for Bill to prepare all the games?
Answer: 7 x 4 = 28 minutes.
4. Bill decided to have takeout food as well. If each friend and Bill eat three slices of pizza, how many slices of pizza do they have in total?
Answer: 6 (5 friends and Bill) x 3 slices of pizza = 18 slices of pizza.
Mike is having a party at his house to celebrate his birthday. He invited some friends and family.
1. He and his mother prepared cupcakes for dessert. Each box had 8 cupcakes, and they prepared four boxes. How many cupcakes have they prepared in the total?
Answer: 8 x 4 = 32 cupcakes.
2. They also baked some cookies. If they baked 6 pans of cookies, and there were 7 cookies per pan, how many cookies did they bake?
Answer: 6 x 7 = 42 cookies.
3. Mike planned to serve some cold drinks as well. If they make 7 pitchers of drinks and each pitcher can fill 5 glasses, how many glasses of drinks are they preparing?
Answer: 7 x 5 = 35 glasses.
4. At the end of the party, Mike wants to give away some souvenirs to his 6 closest friends. If he gives 2 souvenir items for each friend, how many souvenirs does Mike prepare?
Answer: 6 x 2 = 12 souvenirs.
Division: best for 3rd and 4th grades
1. If you have 10 books split evenly into 2 bags, how many books are in each bag?
Answer: 10 : 2 = 5 books.
2. You have 40 tickets for the fair. Each ride costs 2 tickets. How many rides can you go on?
Answer: 40 : 2 = 20.
3. The school has $20,000 to buy new equipment. If each piece of equipment costs $100, how many pieces can the school buy in total?
Answer: $20,000 : $100= 200.
4. Melissa has 2 packs of tennis balls for $10 in total. How much does 1 pack of tennis balls cost?
Answer: $10 : 2 = $5.
5. Jack has 25 books. He has a bookshelf with 5 shelves on it. If Jack puts the same number of books on each shelf, how many books will be on each shelf?
Answer: 25:5 = 5 books.
6. Matt is having a picnic for his family. He has 36 cookies. There are 6 people in his family. If each person gets the same number of cookies, how many cookies will each person get?
Answer: 36:6 = 6.
Division with remainders for fourth and fifth grades
1. Sarah sold 35 boxes of cookies. How many cases of ten boxes, plus extra boxes does Sarah need to deliver?
Answer: 35 boxes divided by 10 boxes per case = 3 cases and 5 boxes.
2. Candies come in packages of 16. Mat ate 46 candies. How many whole packages of candies did he eat, and how many candies did he leave? 46 candies divided by 16 candies = 2 packages and 2 candies left over.
3. Mary sold 24 boxes of chocolate biscuits. How many cases of ten boxes, plus extra boxes does she need to deliver?
Answer: 24 boxes divided by 10 boxes per case = 2 cases and four boxes.
4. Gummy bears come in packages of 25. Suzie and Tom ate 30 gummy bears. How many whole packages did they eat? How many gummy bears did they leave?
Answer: 30 divided by 25 = 1 package they have eaten and 20 gummy bears left over.
5. Darel sold 55 ice-creams. How many cases of ten boxes, plus extra boxes does he need to deliver?
Answer: 55 boxes divided by 10 boxes per case = 5 cases and 5 boxes.
6. Crackers come in packages of 8. Mat ate 20 crackers. How many whole packages of crackers did he eat, and how many crackers did he leave?
Answer: 20 divided by 8 = 2 packages eaten and 4 crackers are left.
Mixed operations for the fifth grade
These math word problems involve four basic operations: addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. They suit best for the fifth-grade schoolers.
200 planes are taking off from the airport daily. During the Christmas holidays, the airport is busier — 240 planes are taking off every day from the airport.
1. During the Christmas holidays, how many planes take off from the airport in each hour if the airport opens 12 hours daily?
Answer: 240÷12=20 planes take off from this airport each hour during the Christmas holidays.
2. Each plane takes 220 passengers. How many passengers depart from the airport every hour during the Christmas holidays? 20 x 220 = 4400.
Answer: 4400 passengers depart from the airport every hour.
3. Compared with a normal day, how many more passengers are departing from the airport in a day during the Christmas holidays?
Answer: (240-200) x 220 = 8800 more passengers departing from the airport in a day during the Christmas holidays.
4. During normal days on average 650 passengers are late for their plane daily. During the Christmas holidays, 1300 passengers are late for their plane. That’s why 14 planes couldn’t take off and are delayed. How many more passengers are late for their planes during Christmas week?
Answer: 1300 – 650 = 650 more passengers are late for their planes each day during the Christmas holidays.
5. According to the administration’s study, an additional 5 minutes of delay in the overall operation of the airport is caused for every 27 passengers that are late for their flights. What is the delay in the overall operation if there are 732 passengers late for their flights?
Answer: 732 ÷ 27 × 5 = 136. There will be a delay of 136 minutes in the overall operation of the airport.
Extra info math problems for the fifth grade
1. Ann has 7 pairs of red socks and 8 pairs of pink socks. Her sister has 12 pairs of white socks. How many pairs of socks does Ann have?
Answer: 7 + 8 = 15.
2. Kurt spent 17 minutes doing home tasks. He took a 3-minute snack break. Then he studied for 10 more minutes. How long did Kurt study altogether?
Answer: 17 + 10 = 27 minutes.
3. There were 15 spelling words on the test. The first schooler spelled 9 words correctly. Miguel spelled 8 words correctly. How many words did Miguel spell incorrectly?
Answer: 8 words
4. In the morning, Jack gave his friend 2 gummies. His friend ate 1 of them. Later Jack gave his friend 7 more gummies. How many gummies did Jack give his friend in all?
Answer: 9 gummies.
5. Peter wants to buy 2 candy bars. They cost 8 cents, and the gum costs 5 cents. How much will Peter pay?
Answer: 8 cents.
Finding averages for 5th grade
We need to find averages in many situations in everyday life.
1. The dog slept 8 hours on Monday, 10 hours on Tuesday, and 900 minutes on Wednesday. What was the
average number of hours the dog slept per day?
Answer: (8+10+(900:60)) : 3 = 11 hours.
2. Jakarta can get a lot of rain in the rainy season. The rainfall during 6 days was 90 mm, 74 mm, 112 mm, 30 mm, 100 mm, and 44 mm. What was the average daily rainfall during this period?
Answer: (90+74+112+30+100+44) : 6 = 75 mm.
3. Mary bought 4 books. The prices of the first 3 books were $30, $15, and $18. The average price she paid for the 4 books was $25 per books. How much did she pay for the 4th books?
Ordering and number sense for the 5th grade
1. There are 135 pencils, 200 pens, 167 crayons, and 555 books in the bookshop. How would you write these numbers in ascending order?
Answer: 135, 167, 200, 555
2. There are five carrots, one cabbage, eleven eggs, and 15 apples in the fridge. How would you write these numbers in descending order?
Answer: 15, 11, 5, 1.
3. Peter has completed exercises on pages 279, 256, 264, 259, and 192. How would you write these numbers in ascending order?
Answer: 192, 256, 259, 264, 279.
4. Mary picked 32 pants, 15 dresses, 26 pairs of socks, 10 purses. Put all these numbers in order.
Answer: 10, 15, 26, 32.
5. The family bought 12 cans of tuna, 23 potatoes, 11 onions, and 33 pears. Put all these numbers in order.
Answer: 11, 12, 23, 33.
Fractions for the 6th-8th grades
1. Jannet cooked 12 lemon biscuits for her daughter, Jill. She ate up 4 biscuits. What fraction of lemon biscuits did Jill eat?
Answer: 1/3 of the lemon biscuits.
2. Guinet travels a distance of 7 miles to reach her school. The bus covers only 5 miles. Then she has to walk 2 miles to reach the school. What fraction of the distance does Guinet travel by bus?
Answer: 5/7 of the distance
3. Bob has 24 pencils in a box. Eighteen pencils have #2 marked on them, and the 6 are marked #3. What fraction of pencils are marked #3?
Answer: 1/4 of the pencils.
4. My mother places 15 tulips in a glass vase. It holds 6 yellow tulips and 9 red tulips. What fraction of tulips are red?
Answer: 3/5 of the tulips.
5. Bill owns 14 pairs of socks, of which 7 pairs are white, and the rest are brown. What fraction of pairs of socks are brown?
Answer: 1/2 of the pairs of socks.
6. Bred spotted a total of 39 birds in an aviary at the Zoo. He counted 18 macaws and 21 cockatoos. What fraction of macaws did Bred spot at the aviary?
Answer: 6/13 of the birds.
Decimals for the 6th grade
Write in words the following decimals:
- 0,004 = four thousandths.
- 0,07 = seven hundredths.
- 2,1 = two and one tenth.
- 0,725 = seven hundred twenty five thousandths.
- 46,36 = foury six and thirty six hundredths.
- 2000,19 = two thousand and nineteen hundredths.
Comparing and sequencing for the 6th grade
1. The older brother picked 42 apples at the orchard. The younger brother picked only 22 apples. How many more apples did the older brother pick?
Answer: 42 – 22 = 20 apples more.
2. There were 16 oranges in a basket and 66 oranges in a barrel. How many fewer oranges were in the basket than were in the barrel?
Answer: 66 – 16 = 50 fewer oranges.
3. There were 40 parrots in the flock. Some of them flew away. Then there were 25 parrots in the flock. How many parrots flew away?
Answer: 40 – 25 = 15 parrots flew away.
4. One hundred fifty is how much greater than fifty-three?
Answer: 150-53 = 97.
5. On Monday, the temperature was 13°C. The next day, the temperature dropped by 8 degrees. What was the temperature on Tuesday?
Answer: 13-8 = 5°C.
6. Zoie picked 15 dandelions. Her sister picked 22 ones. How many more dandelions did her sister pick than Zoie?
Answer: 22-15 = 7 dandelions more.
Time for the 4th grade
1. The bus was scheduled to arrive at 7:10 p.m. However, it was delayed for 45 minutes. What time was it when the bus arrived?
Answer: 7:55 p.m.
2. My mother starts her 7-hour work at 9:15 a.m. What time does she get off from work?
Answer: 4:15 p.m.
3. Jack’s walk started at 6:45 p.m. and ended at 7:25 p.m. How long did his walk last?
Answer: 40 minutes.
4. The school closes at 9:00 p.m. Today, the school’s principal left 15 minutes after the office closed, and his secretary left the office 25 minutes after he left. When did the secretary leave work?
Answer: 9:40 p.m.
5. Suzie arrives at school at 8:20 a.m. How much time does she need to wait before the school opens? The school opens at 8:35 a.m.
Answer: 15 minutes.
6. The class starts at 9:15 a.m.. The first bell will ring 20 minutes before the class starts. When will the first bell ring?
Answer: 8:55 a.m.
Money word problems for the fourth grade
1. James had $20. He bought a chocolate bar for $2.30 and a coffee cup for $5.50. How much money did he have left?
Answer: $20.00 – $2.30 – $5.50 = $12.20. James had $12.20 left.
2. Coffee mugs cost $1.50 each. How much do 7 coffee mugs cost?
Answer: $1.5 x 7 = $10.5.
3. The father gives $32 to his four children to share equally. How much will each of his children get?
Answer: $32 : 4 = $8.
4. Each donut costs $1.20. How much do 6 donuts cost?
Answer: $1.20 * 6 = $7,2.
5. Bill and Bob went out for takeout food. They bought 4 hamburgers for $10. Fries cost $2 each. How much does one hamburger with fries cost?
Answer: $10 ÷ 4 = $2.50. One hamburger costs $2.50. $2.50 + $2.00 = $4.50. One hamburger with fries costs $4.50.
6. A bottle of juice costs $2.80, and a can is $1.50. What would it cost to buy two cans of soft drinks and a bottle of juice?
Answer: $1.50 x 2 + $2.80 = $5.80.
Measurement word problems for the 6th grade
The task is to convert the given measures to new units. It best suits the sixth-grade schoolers.
- 55 yd = ____ in.
- 43 ft = ____ yd.
- 31 in = ____ ft.
- 29 ft = ____ in.
- 72 in = ____ ft.
- 13 ft = ____ yd.
- 54 lb = ____ t.
- 26 t = ____ lb.
- 77 t = ____ lb.
- 98 lb = ____ t.
- 25 lb = ____ t.
- 30 t = ____ lb.
- 55 yd = 1.980 in
- 43 ft = 14 yd 1 ft
- 31 in = 2 ft 7 in
- 29 ft = 348 in
- 72 in = 6 ft
- 13 ft = 4 yd 1 ft.
- 54 lb = 0,027 t
- 26 t = 52.000 lb
- 77 t = 154.000 lb
- 98 lb = 0,049 t
- 25 lb = 0?0125 t
- 30 t = 60.000 lb.
Ratios and percentages for the 6th-8th grades
It is another area that children can find quite difficult. Let’s look at simple examples of how to find percentages and ratios.
1. A chess club has 25 members, of which 13 are males, and the rest are females. What is the ratio of males to all club members?
2. A group has 8 boys and 24 girls. What is the ratio of girls to all children?
Answer: 24:32 or 3:4.
3. A pattern has 4 red triangles for every 12 yellow triangles. What is the ratio of red triangles to all triangles?
Answer: 4:16 or 1:4.
4. An English club has 21 members, of which 13 are males, and the rest are females. What is the ratio of females to all club members?
5. Dan drew 1 heart, 1 star, and 26 circles. What is the ratio of circles to hearts?
6. Percentages of whole numbers:
- 50% of 60 = …
- 100% of 70 = …
- 90% of 70 = …
- 20% of 30 = …
- 40% of 10 = …
- 70% of 60 = …
- 100% of 20 = …
- 80% of 90 = …
- 50% of 60 = 30
- 100% of 70 = 70
- 90% of 70 = 63
- 20% of 30 = 6
- 40% of 10 = 4
- 70% of 60 = 42
- 100% of 20 = 20
- 80% of 90 = 72.
Probability and data relationships for the 8th grade
1. John ‘s probability of winning the game is 60%. What is the probability of John not winning the game?
2. The probability that it will rain is 70%. What is the probability that it won’t rain?
3. There is a pack of 13 cards with numbers from 1 to 13. What is the probability of picking a number 9 from the pack?
4. A bag had 4 red toy cars, 6 white cars, and 7 blue cars. When a car is picked from this bag, what is the probability of it being red or blue?
5. In a class, 22 students like orange juice, and 18 students like milk. What is the probability that a schooler likes juice?
Answer: 22/40 or 11/20.
Geometry for the 7th grade
The following task is to write out equations and find the angles. Complementary angles are two angles that sum up to 90 degrees, and supplementary angles are two angles that sum up to 180 degrees.
1. The complement of a 32° angle = …
Answer: 58 degrees.
2. The supplement of a 10° angle = …
Answer: 170 degrees
3. The complement of a 12° angle = …
Answer: 78 degrees
4. The supplement of a 104° angle = …
Answer: 76 degrees.
Variables/ equation word problems for the 5th grades
1. The park is 𝑥 miles away from Jack’s home. Jack had to drive to and from the beach with a total distance of 36 miles. How many miles is Jack’s home away from the park?
Answer: 2𝑥 = 36 → 𝑥 = 18 miles.
2. Larry bought some biscuits which cost $24. He paid $x and got back $6 of change. Find x.
Answer: x = 24 + 6 = $30.
3. Mike played with his children on the beach for 90 minutes. After they played for x minutes, he had to remind them that they would be leaving in 15 minutes. Find x.
Answer: x = 90 – 15 = 75 minutes.
4. At 8 a.m., there were x people at the orchard. Later at noon, 27 of the people left the orchard, and there were 30 people left in the orchard. Find x.
Answer: x = 30 + 27 = 57 people
Travel time word problems for the 5th-7th grades
1. Tony sprinted 22 miles at 4 miles per hour. How long did Tony sprint?
Answer: 22 miles divided by 4 miles per hour = 5.5 hours.
2. Danny walked 15 miles at 3 miles per hour. How long did Danny walk?
Answer: 15 miles divided by 3 miles per hour = 5 hours.
3. Roy sprinted 30 miles at 6 miles per hour. How long did Roy sprint?
Answer: 30 miles divided by 6 miles per hour = 5 hours.
4. Harry wandered 5 hours to get Pam’s house. It is 20 miles from his house to hers. How fast did Harry go?
Answer: 20 miles divided by 5 hours = 4 miles per hour.
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