## Walking the Squares

So here's a special square of tiles to walk on!

The black square in the middle contains some very special prizes.

You can get the prizes by collecting tokens which are on each tile. So you have to step on as many tiles as possible.
BUT
You cannot go onto any tile more than once.
You are not allowed to step on more than two tiles of the same colour one after another.
So this path would be OK.

But this path is not allowed;

Why? Because the path goes along $3$ blues which is not allowed, the blue to green is OK but then tere are $4$ green tiles one this path next to each other and that is also not allowed.

Your challenge is to find a path from anywhere on the outside of the square to the black square in the middle, following the rules above and trying to step on as many tiles as possible.

### Why do this problem?

This activity gives pupils an opportunity to explore a scenario and gradually start using a strategy while learning to overcome difficulties.

### Possible approach

It would be good to give pupils a sheet with several copies of the square on it (see here for doc or pdf).

The pupils can then work on the first one.  If (and when!) they come to a stop because they realise it is going wrong, encourage them not to rub it out but write about what they are thinking - in particular what they did and what they should now do - on the right and start again underneath.

Here is a page (doc,  pdf) that gives you an opportunity to print out four different sizes.