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Hyperbolic crochet Activity

by David, 1 October 2013 | 0 comments

a piece of wool fabric - it looks like it has been knitted. It's all wrinkly around the edges.

Sometimes getting crafty means getting mathsy! Try some crochet to learn about curved surfaces.

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Stretchy pictures Activity

by David, 26 September 2013 | 0 comments

A picture of a painting, and a second picture of a painting, stretched tall on the left side, and short o nthe right side. It looks like it is hanging on a wall.

Stretch, squeeze, and bend! Try this maths trick to transform an image.

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Statistics scavenger hunt Activity

by David, 24 September 2013 | 0 comments

Several cans of hairspray. They each say '25% extra free'.

A scavenger hunt can be an opportunity to explore the use of statistics in the world around you. Think of the scavenger hunt as a way to show the extent of your knowledge, your depth of understanding and your levels of sophistication in using some of your statistical skills.

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Party food database Activity

by David, 17 September 2013 | 0 comments

Several sheets of paper in a stack. they all have holes down the edge. there are three skewers going through different holes.

Trying to keep track of your recipes? Here’s a handy trick to keep things in order with a paper database. You will need A spiral bound notebook – if you can get one with thick paper, like a visual diary, this activity will be easier Skewers A pair of scissors Pens Make the database Bend…

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Rolling block puzzle Activity

by David, 10 September 2013 | 0 comments

Upwords board, tiles with letters on them, two balls of plasticine.

Time to get rolling! Use the family board game ‘Upwords’ to try this neat counting technique.

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Birthday paradox Activity

by David, 3 September 2013 | 5 comments

A wrapped gift, a party hat, decorative ribbon, and a cupcake with a lit birthday candle on a calendar. ©iStock.com/Double_Vision

How likely is it that at least two people out of 30 will share a birthday?

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Blow bubbles! Activity

by David, 27 August 2013 | 0 comments

Keen to blow some seriously big bubbles? Try making this bubble mix!

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How big is your target? Activity

by David, 27 August 2013 | 0 comments

A person holding a squash ball. In the background, there is a bucket. The bucket and the ball appear the same width.

Learn some handy sporting tips on how to aim with this hands-on maths activity.

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Chain reaction Activity

by David, 21 August 2013 | 0 comments

several boxes all standing on end. the ones on the left have fallen over, and are knocking over the ones on the right.

In this hands-on activity you’ll create a chain reaction with boxes, and learn about radiation released from decaying atoms.

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Find the kitchen (in almost any house!) Activity

by David, 13 August 2013 | 0 comments

Someone in front of a wall, next to a photocopier. there's an arrow pointing right.

The following instructions are designed to find the kitchen in your house. This activity won’t work in all houses – and don’t go into any places you’re not supposed to be in – but it’s quite fun to see where the instructions take you!

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