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Unfriendly neighbours Activity

by David, 19 August 2015 | 2 comments

You will need A copy of the game boards – download them here. 8 counters numbered 1-8 What to do Put the counters on game board 1 so that consecutive numbers are not next to each other – across, up, down, or diagonal.

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Card teaser Activity

by David, 5 June 2015 | 0 comments

Many games are competitive, but in this game you have to cooperate. Try to work out the card on your head, but be careful. If either of you make a mistake, you both lose! You will need Deck of cards Two hats, beanies or sweatbands

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Jar of jellybeans Activity

by David, 24 March 2015 | 0 comments

a jar of jellybeans on a set of scales.

It’s a tempting treat and a mathematical conundrum. We’ll show you how to run a jellybean guessing competition, and give you some hints on how to win!

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Caesar cipher Activity

by David, 3 March 2015 | 0 comments

Two circles with letters on them, held together with a split pin.

Learn the Caesar cipher, one of the oldest codes ever devised!

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Play Chomp Activity

by David, 16 December 2014 | 0 comments

A grid of 12 balls. a rectangle in the lower right are highlighted.

Here’s an easy game to play with a friend. Can you avoid taking the coloured ball? Give it a go, then use some of our hints to get ahead.

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River crossings Activity

by David, 15 April 2014 | 2 comments

The farmer and corn are in the boat, the fox and chicken are on the bank.

Here’s a hands-on puzzle to get you thinking! It’s a river crossing that will reveal information about how networks operate.

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Jumping puzzle Activity

by David, 8 April 2014 | 0 comments

Six pieces on a board with seven spaces. An arrow shows the ones on the left can move right.

Time to jump start your brain for the day. Can you solve this jumping puzzle? You will need A copy of the printout. Download it here Scissors Sticky tape Assembling the pieces First make the playing pieces. Cut along the thick black lines to get three boy strips and three girl strips Fold each strip…

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Two coloured drawings Activity

by David, 12 March 2014 | 0 comments

Someone is colouring shapes in yellow and blue.

How many coloured pencils or textas do you really need to own? Can you get away with using just two? Time to get colouring with this maths activity.

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A game of Nim Activity

by David, 24 December 2013 | 1 comments

A single token on a table. Someone is reaching for it.

Grab some tokens and let’s go! Here’s a simple game to play with a friend.

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An Advent puzzle ActivityBrainteaser

by David, 17 December 2013 | 0 comments

Every second door on the calendar is closed.

See if you can work out this puzzle. You might like to use an advent calendar to solve it, or maybe you could work it out in your head first!

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