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Let’s Learn Some Interesting Facts on Number 12

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Meet Number 12

You must have heard your teacher say that your break will start at 12 or that you have scored 12 marks on your test. But do you know what is 12? In Mathematics, the number 12 represents a particular quantity. It is a natural number that lies between 11 and 13. It is two more than 10. In words, 12 can be written as ‘twelve.’ In Roman Numerals, twelve is written as XII.

What is 12?

What is 12?

We can write twelve in the place value chart as:





Let us read more interesting things about what is 12. We have also prepared a fun practice activity for you. In the end, we will sing a song together to remember what is 12.

Things Available in Group of 12's

12 months in a year

12 months in a year

  • There are 12 months in a year.

  • In astrology, there are 12 signs in the Western and the Chinese zodiac.

  • An analogue clock has 12 hours visible on its face.

  • 12:00 hours when the sun shines is called midday or noon, and 12:00 hours when the moon shines in the beautiful sky is called midnight.

12 hours visible on a clock

12 hours visible on a clock

  • A dozen is a quantity that contains 12 things.

  • A gross contains 12 dozen.

  • There are 12 inches in a foot.

  • A group of 12 things is called a ‘duodecad.’

  • There are 12 face cards in a deck.

  • Normally, there are 12 pairs of ribs in the human body.

  • Most the keyboards of a computer have 12 Function Keys.

Do You Know?

  • 12 is a composite number, an even number, a natural number, and a whole number.

  • 12 is the smallest number that has exactly six divisors, which are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12.

  • Regular cubes and cuboids have 12 edges.

  • In Indian schooling, the classes typically end at the 12 standard.

  • In English, 12 is the largest number with only one syllable.

  • Only 12 people have walked on the moon so far.

  • There are 12 stars on the flag of Europe.

  • Jesus had 12 disciples.

It's Activity Time!

Solve these problems related to what is 12, and then we will sing a song!

Q1. Write the number of objects in each column. Then write ‘Yes’ if these objects are 12 in number and ‘No’ if they are not.


Number of Objects

‘Yes’ or ‘No’






Q2. Complete the following problems.

  • 9 + ____ = 12

  • ____ - 8 = 12

  • ____ X 4 = 12

  • 24 ÷ ____ = 12

Sing a Song!

Let us sing a small song to understand ‘what is 12’ in a fun way!

Twelve months in a year.

Twelve school girls cry a cheer.

Twelve spots on a little deer.

They are all twelve! Did you hear?


Do you understand what is 12? Now, you will know how many bananas there are in a dozen whenever you go out for grocery shopping. If you want to know more mathematical concepts, explore through our page.

You will find a treasure full of interesting maths topics in an easy and fun way.

FAQs on Let’s Learn Some Interesting Facts on Number 12

1. What is the significance of number 12 over other numbers?

12 is one of the most used numbers in daily life. Also, many number systems are based on 12 because it's divisible by the most numbers. It is also the largest number you can count on the fingers of one hand. The number 12 also holds a sacred place in various religions and mythologies. 

2. How can I teach ‘what is 12’ to kids?

You can start teaching different numbers like 12  to kids with number rhymes or songs like the one given above. You can include the child in the daily tasks and ask them to count random things around the house. Make them identify the numbers written on the back of cars or advertisement boards.