Use today’s activities to introduce your children to problems that can have more than one solution.  Additionally, they will have the opportunity to explore different ways of recording their thinking and different methods of solving problems.



Tim and Patty were given a bag of lollipops

They shared them out evenly and had one left over.

Just as they had finished sharing them, their friends Susie, Kristi and Owen came along. They wanted some lollipops too, so the children shared them out again between all of them. This time they had two lollipops left over.

How many lollipops could there have been in the bag?

Hmm…  How many children are there altogether when they share the lollipops the second time?
Try using counters or blocks to help.
What is the smallest number of lollipops there could be?
Is this the only number of lollipops there could be?



ROTTEN APPLE – Strategy Game


Set up 13 counters: 12 of one color and 1 of another color.

Alternating turns with a partner, you may take 1, 2, or 3 counters. Don’t be stuck with the rotten apple!

Can you figure out a strategy to win every game?