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A Bowl of Fruit

Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?

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Same Shapes

How can these shapes be cut in half to make two shapes the same shape and size? Can you find more than one way to do it?

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These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

Happy Halving

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Esin aged 7 from Mef School in Turkey sent these two solutions:

Dost, also 7 from the same school, sent alternative answers:


We also received this solution from Elizabeth, who goes to Warren Rd Primary School

Aoibheann and Padraic from Cloghans Hill NS in Ireland sent in this very good explanation.

The first shape (like a rectangle) you split in two by drawing a line through the middle.
The second shape (like two squares overlapping) you can split two ways, diagonally through from left to right, top to bottom OR accross where they overlap diagonally.
The third shape which is irregular, you cannot halve as there are five points in length on one side and four on another with another one point in a different place therefore although you could use the two diagonal lines to match each other, you have one point hanging out over one edge and you have one point too few on the other.
The fourth shape (which looks like house designs) you can halve easily by drawing a horizontal line accross the middle of both making the same shape on the top and the bottom.

Thank you for those solutions, there are still others that may be found!