Simply 'having a go' is a great way to make a start on a mathematical problem. Whatever happens, you will have learnt more about the situation and can then make changes to your approach. These activities all lend themselves to this 'trial and improvement' way of working.
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?