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Count to a million Activity

by David, 16 September 2016 | 1 comments

Someone thinking, with a thought bubble counting up from 1.

How long would it take to count to one million? Well you could just start a stopwatch and get to counting, but here’s how to work out if you’ll be done by dinner time. You will need Pen Paper Stopwatch First estimate Start by warming up your voice. Sing a few scales and practice your…

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Coins around the equator Activity

by David, 11 April 2016 | 0 comments

How much money would it take to put a line of coins around the equator? With a bit of research and a bit of maths, you’ll soon know the answer! You will need Silver coins Jar Cardboard Fine marker Paper Masking tape Scissors Tape measure Collecting coins First, collect some silver coins to measure. If…

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Lemonade stand Activity

by David, 20 January 2016 | 2 comments

Note: Laws about selling food and drink vary from place to place. Get an adult to contact the local council and check where and how you are allowed to run a lemonade stand before you do this activity. This activity may not be permitted in your region. If not, you could try doing this with…

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Make a piece of shortbread Activity

by David, 13 January 2016 | 0 comments

Safety: This activity involves an oven and electric beaters. Younger mathematicians should ask an adult for help. You will need 15 g butter, softened 10 mL caster sugar 0.3 mL vanilla extract 31 mL plain flour 8 mL rice flour Extra butter to grease the baking tray Extra flour for kneading

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Guess Who’s my number? Activity

by David, 28 December 2015 | 0 comments

You will need The board game ‘Guess Who’ or a similar game. If you don’t have a copy, you could use a large box to hide your numbers from your opponent. Three printed copies of the ‘Guess my number’ sheet: you can download it here Scissors Someone to play with

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Lolly half-life Activity

by David, 5 May 2015 | 0 comments

You will need Bag of M&Ms or Skittles or any lollies with writing on one side. Masking tape Marker pen Ruler Food-safe gloves Large, flat-bottomed container What to do

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Supermarket sweep Activity

by David, 24 February 2015 | 0 comments

You will need Pen and notepad Supermarket Someone to play with (optional) What to do The aim of this activity is to write down prices of items, so the total is close to $10

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A game of Sprouts Activity

by David, 10 February 2015 | 0 comments

a large network of dots and lines.

Sprout some cute little plant networks in this mathematical drawing game.

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Speed camera Activity

by David, 21 October 2014 | 0 comments

How busy is the road near your school? do cars drive past too fast? Grab a stopwatch and sit yourself down – it’s time to become a human speed camera!

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Brainteaser: Fred’s weird teacher Brainteaser

by David, 18 September 2014 | 0 comments

Macro shot of human hand drawing red check mark in checklist box

Fred’s teacher has a weird way of marking tests. He gives five marks for a right answer, but subtracts one for a wrong one. Fred answered 20 questions on a test and got 70 marks. How many questions did Fred get right?

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