**Count Dracu Number thought he’d got away from Maths, but he found some even on the garden path …
Even as he washed his clothes,
He counted his socks (as well as their holes !).
He counted his shirts, and the buttons that popped,
His maths class was over, but his homework never stopped !
On the washing line, Count Dracu Number counted the pegs,
I even saw him counting the ironing on the ironing board (as well as the ironing board legs !)
There was maths spinning in his washing machine, too,
As Count Dracu Number Number switched up the speed to one hundred and twenty – two.
The bubbles from all the foam soon multiplied,
As Count Dracu Number’s washing was hung out and dried.
Wishy washy washing day suds, spilled down the garden path and over the rosebuds.
In Count Dracu Number’s counter – sink, the taps were soon on the blink.
He called a fix – it man, who came straight away to mend,
Count – Dracu Number’s u – bend, whilst he was calling on his friend.
Water splashed in a puddle on the floor … Count Dracu Number slipped and skidded towards the door !
Of course, being a vampire, Count Dracu – Number would much rather be …
Spending his days eating steak not washing and ironing – because he’d been up since three !**

**1. If the washing line was 150 cm long and clothes covered 75% – how much was empty ?**

**2. There were 16 shirts, 32 socks, 4 pairs of trousers and 8 capes. (Give your answers to two decimal places).
a) What fraction of all the clothes washed were shirts ?
b) What decimal of the clothes washed were socks ?
c) What percentage of the clothes washed were trousers ?
d) What percentage of all the clothes washed were capes ?
e) Express this as a ratio.**

**3. Each shirt took 3 pegs, socks required one peg, a pair of trousers needed 4 pegs and capes, 3. How many pegs were used in total ?**

**4. What proportion of all 200 pegs is this ? Give your answer as a decimal.**

**5. The washing was tied on the drainpipe. The drainpipe in my garden is 7 m high and the knot was 3 / 4 of the way up – how much further in cm was the roof ?**

**6. Of all these items of clothing on Count Dracu – Number’s washing line, 0.2 of them fell off – how many remained ?**

**7. The washing machine required a scoop containing 75 grams of powder … how many scoops were in a 50 kg box ?**

**8. The washing lasted 20 minutes, and had five loads, how long did it take Count Dracu – Number to wash all his clothes ? Give your answer in minutes and hours.**

**9. At the supermarket Count Dracu bought a box of soap powder for Transylvanian $5.99 – how much change did he receive from $10.00 ?**

**10. There was an offer with 15% extra free on a 15 kg box of soap powder – how many grams and kilograms were in the bigger, sale offer box ?**

**11. Count Dracu spent 3 hours washing each day, usually Mondays and Fridays each week – how long is this in one year ? Give your answer in hours and days.**

**12. Each wash used 3.5 litres of water – how much water did Count Dracu – Number use doing his washing per year ?**

**13. In one minute, Count Dracu – Number’s washing machine span 17 times – how many times did it spin in a 20 minute wash ?**

**14. Count Dracu – Number bought a new washing machine for Transylvanian $259.99, how much change did he receive from $500.00 ?**

**15. Each basket of washing weighed 15 kg and each washing day there were six baskets in total … how much did Count Dracu – Number’s weekly wash weigh ?**

**16. The Fixit Man who came to mend Count Dracu – Number’s u – bend charged Transylvanian $15 per hour and he took 3 hours and 45 minutes. How much did Count Dracu – Number have to pay him ?**

**17. Count Dracu – Number dropped 0.7 of the 200 pegs – how many were left in the washing basket ?**

**18. Count Dracu – Number scrubbed the floor and polished the door, too. His cleaning took 5 hours. In the same time, how many pages of his book could he read if one page took 7 minutes to read ? Give your answer to two decimal places.**

**19. Count Dracu – Number did the washing up in the sink – there were 100 pots, but 5 % broke – how many were left ?**

**20. Count Dracu – Number used 5 mls of washing up liquid every time he washed the pots and pans. If he washed up 3 times every day, how long did a 500 ml bottle last ?**

**21. Count Dracu – Number’s cape shrunk in the wash by 25% – if it was originally 150 m long, how long did it become ?**

** The Wishy Washy Washing Machine Game**

**No wonder that Count Dracu – Number’s washing machine soon got broke – and Count Dracu – Number was a really irritated bloke ! The whole situation was a joke ! Count Dracu’s washing machine words need repair – the “machine” – ery has broken off … Can you help by fixing his spare parts ? Add “machine” to complete the spelling of these words.**

**Count Dracu’s Clean and Sparkling Castle in Washington**

**Parts of the following words have got washed away … can you write either “wash” or “washing” back ?**

**__ __ __ __ __ __ __ **** up liquid**

**__ __ __ __ __ __ __ up powder**

**Game 1 – Answers :
1. 150 / 100 x 75 = 112.5
2. a) 16 / 60 = 4 / 15 ths b) 32 / 60 = 0.53 c) 4 / 60 = 0.06r = 6.6 % d) 8 / 60 = 0.13 r = 13 % e) trousers : capes : shirts: socks = 4 : 8 : 16 : 32 = 1 : 2 : 4 : 8
3. (16 x 3) + (32 x 1) + (4 x 4) + (8 x 3) = 48 + 32 + 16 + 24 = 120
4. 120 / 200 = 3 / 5 ths
5. 7 / 4 x 3 = m = cm
6. 60 – (60 / 10 x 2 = 12) = 48
7. 50 / 0.75 = 66.6 r
8. 20 x 5 = 100 mins = 1 hour and 40 mins.
9. 10 – 5.99 = $4.01
10. 15 + (15 / 100 x 15 = 2.25) = 17.25 = 17 kg 250 g
11. 3 x 2 x 52 = 312 hours = 13 days
12. 2 x 52 x 3.5 = 364 litres
13. 20 x 17 = 340 spins
14. 500 – 259.99 = $240.01
15. 15 x 6 = 90 kg
16. 15 x 3.75 = $56.25
17. 200 – (200 / 10 x 7 = 140) = 60 pegs
18. 5 x 60 / 7 = 42.85
19. 95
20. 500 / (3 x 5) = 33.3 days
21. 150 – (150 / 100 x 25 = 37.5) = 112.5 cm**

**Game 2 – Answers :
washing machine
machine shop
machine work
machine – made
machine tool
machine gun
machine washable
machinist
machine head
machine part**

**Game 3 – Answers :
dishwasher
wash tub
washing up
washed
washing water
washing day
washing up
washed out
washing up liquid
wash basin
washer
washed out
hogwash
washing up powder
wash away**

**© Jacqueline Richards 2007**