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Train Carriages

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Bugs in the Garden

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds. There are red Seven-Spot ladybirds with $7$ black spots and shiny black Four-Spot ladybirds with $4$ red spots.

a red ladybird with 7 black spots and a black ladybird with 4 red spots

Sam and Jill looked at a leaf with three ladybirds on it.

two black ladybirds, one red ladybird

"One Seven-Spot ladybird," said Sam, "and two Four-Spot ones."
"That's $15$ spots altogether!" laughed Jill.
"I wonder if we could find ladybirds whose spots add to other numbers. I know how to do $16$."
"And $14$ is easy too," added Sam.

How would you make $16$ and $14$ spots with the Seven-Spot and Four-Spot ladybirds?

What other numbers can you make with adding $4$s and $7$s?
Can you get lots of numbers from say $4$ to $35$?
Are there some numbers you can't get?