Age 7 to 11
Why do this problem
In what ways could you record this problem?
Would a picture help, or pieces of paper, or a table.....
Suggest that the children make up their own similar question.
You may choose to restrict the number of seated friends to four in
the first instance. Making up a question is not difficult - the
challenging part is in deciding which information, and how much of
it, to give to make the question solvable but not trivial.
In order to incluide as many children as possble, you could have
some additional clues available, which the children could choose to
use if they need them.In this way all children do the same
problembut with varying levels of support.