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Cereal Packets

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Chocs, Mints, Jellies

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Why do this problem?

This problem requires systematic thinking to find all the different combinations.

Key questions

Which kind of sweets can Dan have?
Which kind of sweets does Sid like?
Can you find four sweets that Dan could have? Can you find another four sweets that he could have?
What could Sid and Anna have if Dan had just mints?

Possible extension

Finding ALL the different ways the children can share the sweets is quite a challenge and could in itself be the extension activity.

Possible support

It might be helpful for children to start by finding the different ways Dan can have his four sweets. Having different counters to represent the different types of sweet may be useful.