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EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.

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This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Dice and Spinner Numbers

If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?

Throw a 100

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Why do this problem?

This activity is excellent for providing an interesting scenario for pupils to use and explore their knowledge of numbers in the context of addition and multiplication.

Possible approach

It would be good to have the practical activity available and see how scores are made and calculated

Key questions

I see you've done a number of calculations, can you tell me about them.

Possible extension

Pupils to suggest other similar problems with slight changes and then they test to see if there are possible answers.

Possible support

Calculators