# Arithmetic word problems for 2nd grade

These arithmetic word problems are great for children ages 7 and older who are looking to improve their addition and subtraction skills.

### There are 5 red birds and 7 blue birds sitting in a tree. Suddenly, 4 birds fly away. How many birds are in the tree?

8 birds are in the tree

• Explanation

First add the birds: 5 + 7 = 12,
Then subtract the birds that flew away: 12 - 4 = 8

### Len had 12 daisies and 7 roses in a garden. Len picked 8 flowers out of his garden to give to a friend. How many flowers are left in the garden?

11 flowers remain in the garden

• Explanation

First add the flowers: 12 + 7 = 19,
Then subtract the flowers that he picked: 19 - 8 = 11

### You have \$30 in your bank account. You receive another \$4 for doing chores. You spend \$9 on a gift for your friend. How much money do you have left in your account?

\$25

• Explanation

Then subtract the money you spent: \$34 - \$9 = \$25

### There are 8 boys and 7 girls playing on the playground. 3 children go back to class to read. How many children are still playing on the playground?

12 children are still playing on the playground

• Explanation

First add all the children playing on the playground together: 8 + 7 = 15
Then subtract the children that went inside: 15 - 3 = 12

### Rorie has 17 dresses. 8 dresses are white, 4 are blue and the rest are green. How many green dresses does Rorie have?

Rorie has 5 green dresses

• Explanation

First add all the white and blue dresses together: 8 + 4 = 12
Then subtract those dresses from her total amount of dresses: 17 - 12 = 5

### There were 25 apples and 8 bananas in a fruit bowl. 8 of the fruits were eaten. How many fruits were left in the fruit bowl?

There were 25 fruits remaining in the bowl

• Explanation

First add all the fruit together: 25 + 8 = 33
Then subtract the fruit that was eaten: 33 - 8 = 25

### There were 9 mangos and 25 grapes in a fruit bowl. 13 of the fruits were eaten. How many fruits were left in the fruit bowl?

There were 21 fruits remaining in the bowl

• Explanation

First add all the fruit together: 9 + 25 = 34
Then subtract the fruit that was eaten: 34 - 13 = 21

### Yannick has 87 blue toy cars and 25 red toy cars. He gave 45 toy cars to a friend. How many toy cars does Yannick have left?

Yannick has 67 toy cars

• Explanation

First add all the toy cars together: 87 + 25 = 112
Then subtract the toy cars that Yannick gave away: 112 - 45 = 67

### Seth picked 4 apples and Teddy picked 8 apples. They ate 3 apples. How many apples did they have left?

Seth and Teddy have 9 apples remaining

• Explanation

First add all the apples they picked together: 4 + 8 = 12
The subtract the apples they ate: 12 - 3 = 9