Why do this problem?
has two main purposes: to introduce children to recording plan views and to give them the opportunity to think creatively in maths. A good way to introduce this problem might be to invite the children to work in pairs and set up two markers, either in the playground or school hall. They could make up two different routes between the
markers and draw them on paper.
What sort of route might be the shortest?
What could make you take one of the right angle bends?
What could make you take a really twisty path?
They could then join with another pair and challenge each other to match a walked route with the correct drawing.
Encourage children to work with a partner so they can talk their ideas through.