Why do this problem?
This activity provides a good extension to the More Children and Plants
activity when you have a pupil who you think could go so much further. It offers opportunities for both graphical and spreadsheet work. As with the more accessible version of this activity, it provides an opportunity for pupils to make use of their curiosity and
perseverance in looking at the mathematics which they come across.
Introduce the More Children and Plants
activity and discuss with the pupils how what was learnt could be used to answer this extended challenge.
What ways are you finding for drawing the appropriate diagrams?
How are you deciding when the little items go?
Tell me about the areas you have obtained.
What have you set up on your spreadsheet/table?
Some pupils will need to try this practically and large so using P.E. hoops overlapping each other and some easily moved objects like bean bags.