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### Path of Discovery Series: 2. First Steps

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This article takes a closer look at some of the toys and games that can enhance a child's mathematical learning.

### Shut the Box

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An old game but lots of arithmetic!

### Shut the Box for Two

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Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

### Magic Vs

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Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

### 2,4,6,8

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Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

### Penta Primes

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Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?

### Two-digit Targets

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You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?

### Fifteen Cards

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Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?

### Song Book

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A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?

### Four-digit Targets

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You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?

### Reach 100

##### Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

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If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

### Twenty Divided Into Six

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Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

### (w)holy Numbers

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A church hymn book contains 700 hymns. The numbers of the hymns are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?

### Sealed Solution

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Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

### All the Digits

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This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

### The Thousands Game

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Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?

### Finding Fifteen

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Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

### Magic Circles

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Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?