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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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Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

picture of beadsThree beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue.
Can you find all four different combinations?

You now repeat the following actions over and over again:

  • between any two beads of the same colour put a red bead
  • between any two beads of different colours put a blue bead
  • then remove the original beads.

Describe what will happen to each of the combinations.