The Lost Button On Santa’s Coat

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No – one knew what made Santa’s button drop off … perhaps the cotton thread it was tied on with wasn’t long enough. But, after a morning being worn by Santa, the coat was worn, sure enough ! Perhaps the button wasn’t fastened tightly – but Santa’s pyjamas always fell down nightly ! (though, he never meant to appear unsightly). Where it rolled, is still untold, try and guess at the end as this story begins to unfold … You may have an idea from the following reindeer … Fill in the gaps with the correct words – which rhyme, you should hear …

dropped …… put on ….. fishing …… shopped ….. stopped ….. ribbon ….. shirt ….. mistletoe ….. sold ….. washing line ….. glue

If the reindeer found a silver sixpence in Santa’s hat – then you may have the idea, that it might have been __ __ __ __ , as Santa was told.

If the reindeer was outside the grotto gate, off the button suddenly POPPED ! you may guess that it popped when Santa’s sleigh __ __ __ __ __ __ .

If the reindeer couldn’t see exactly where it __ __ __ __ __ __ – but off everyone went : on the hunt of a matching one as they shopped.

If the reindeer looked and saw Santa’s coat was one button down – he tried to tie it with a __ __ __ __ __ __ , as he’d been shown.

With nothing to __ __ __ __ __ – he really needed a button.

If the reindeer saw something dropped on Santa’s toe and hurt “Ouch !”, he cried, when he looked down at his __ __ __ __ __ – another was gone !

A bit of __ __ __ __ __ __ __ was all Santa was wishing … not to spend all the holidays looking for a button that had gone missing !

Underneath the __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ , he’d heard there was some luck to be had whilst kissing … he really did try hard to wish (but he got a swish dismissing !).

Next, Santa tried __ __ __ __ – but it was so sticky, that he stuck to it, too !

His coat still flapped open – wide, so h trid to keep it together with a __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ that he spied on a sleigh ride.

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

2. If all 4 buttons on Santa’s coat weighed 40 grams in total, how much did one weigh ?
3. The button measured 4 cm across the middle. Work out the circumference, radius and area of the button.

4. If Santa’s coat measured 48 cm long – how far apart were each of the four buttons ?

5. Santa left the house at 8 . 00 a.m. He walked 1200 metres in half an hour to the bus – stop. One third of the way along on his journey, when and where did he lose his button ?

6. When Santa lost his button off his coat, it took 45 minutes to find – three quarters of the time of Santa’s lunch break. How long did Santa have for lunch ?

7. If all of the four buttons on Santa’s coat were lined up next to oen another, how far would they stretch ?

8. Santa bought the coat for £5. To replace the button cost 25 pence. Expess this as a ratio, fraction, percentage and decimal of the original price.

9. Santa’s button, when it fell off his coat, rolled 500 metres along the pavement – one fifth of the length of the street. How long was street ? Give your answer in metres and kilometres.

10. It took Santa ten minutes to stitch the button back on – one twelth of the time it took to cook tea – how long did he cook for ?

11. It took 110 stitches to mend the coat – 10 % of them, Santa pricked his finger. How many is that ?

 
© Jacqueline Richards 2008
 

 

Answers :1. a) 5 b) 4 c) 12 ; t = 5 + (5 -1) + 3(5 – 1) t = 5 + 4 + 12 = 21
2. 10 g
3.

4. 48 / 4 = 12 cm

5. a) 1200 + (1200 / 3 = 400) = 1600 ; b) 8.00 + (30 / 3 = 10) = 8.10 a.m.

6. 1 hour

7. 4 x 4 = 16 cm

8. 1 : 19 ; one 20th ; 5 % ; 0.02

9. 500 x 5 = 2500 m = 2.5 km

10. two hours

11. 11

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