Christmaths Advent Calendar 2013: Day 211 minute read

This year’s Christmaths Advent Calendar will have a question for every day in December up to and including Christmas Day, each one featuring a new mathematical challenge.

As he sets out on his journey to deliver presents to children around the world Father Christmas goes through a starry part of the sky collecting stars to scatter nearer the earth.


He has a plan of the area, which is like a grid. Each square of the grid shows the number of stars he could collect.

santa stars

Father Christmas can travel horizontally, vertically or diagonally through the stars.

  • What is the smallest/largest number of stars Father Christmas could collect?
  • How many stars are there in the shortest route/the longest route?
  • Is there a way to collect exactly 100 stars?
  • Are there two different ways where he could collect the same number of stars?

Got an answer? Please leave a comment below.

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