You may also like

problem icon

Tangram Paradox

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

problem icon

Cutting Corners

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

problem icon

Cut and Make

Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?

World of Tan 22 - an Appealing Stroll

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This activity follows on from World of Tan 21 - Almost There Now .

Little Ming and Little Fung are slowly walking home from school. The new term is only a few days old and already the children are getting back to old ways...

LM: Why does a school day feel so much longer than a day over the weekend?

LF: It all depends on whether or not you are enjoying yourself.

LM: So, goody - two shoes... What has been so nice today? My day has not been that rosy!

LF: You should behave more in class, pay more attention and do what is asked.

LM: Perhaps, but today who could get excited by measuring things?

LF: Admittedly most of what we do at home we practised in school today.

LM: But who is to know that!

LF: I'm more interested in things that can't be measured so obviously.

LM: How do you mean?

LF: Well we have length, breadth, width....

LM: What about weight? Mass? Temperature?

LF: I know, and I have not forgotten time! Angles! Or volume!

LM: Or do you mean capacity?

LF: Look, you and I can measure most things and we can read most measuring instruments, be it ruler or micrometer. It is all those things we have not got instruments for that I want to find out about.

LM: How do you mean?

LF: Well how do you measure how clever someone is?

LM: How do you measure stubborness?

LF: You've got it!

LM: Well there is beauty? Merit? Honesty?

LF: Can you have different amounts of being scared?

LM: I suppose you can measure strength or weakness?

LF: Yep, just as you can measure speed and acceleration or density.

LM: Can you measure different degrees of wetness?

LF: I'm not sure. I know when I am damp, and I know when I am soaking wet..

LM: Yes... Last night was fun, but we should not have cooled down by standing in the fountain - someone will have seen us and they will tell Granma T!

LF: See, how do you measure nosiness!

LM: Carelessness? Clumsiness? How does a hospital measure pain?

LF: Eh, let's stop dawdling - it is almost tea time; we had better get a move on...........

In the meantime., complete the silhouette of the child dawdling on the way home from school.

More activities can be found in the notes . The story continues in World of Tan 23 - Transform This...into...that .