• Halloween Paper Folding
    Halloween Paper Folding
    October 16, 2016 0 Comments None

    A Cut Above the Rest?, Remember the old dancing dolls that were made by folding and cutting? They were particularly popular at Christmas time. Here's a new twist that might make these age-old decorations just as popular at Halloween time., ,  Paper is folded into an accordion or fan. A design is drawn, and then the cutting takes place., It's a feature of these creations that you have to make sure that you don't cut away too much and that the pieces  it touches twice (at least twice) at...

  • Ghostly Numbers
    Ghostly Numbers
    October 14, 2016 0 Comments None

     Just when you thought you were feeling safe ...., We had an idea that there might be some numbers that had a ghostly quality. The Devils Number 666 came to mind, but that didn't really fit the bill. , Then came that Aha! moment. There are special numbers of many kinds, and amongst them are the twin primes. Numbers like 11 and 13, 41 and 43, 59 and 61 are examples of twin primes, They are all primes numbers that differ by 2. One of the unsolved problems of maths is the hypothesis that...

  • Spooky Names
    Spooky Names
    October 13, 2016 0 Comments None

    Maths and Halloween do mix!, Spatial ability develops in tandem with hands-on experiences. Experiences where the hands-on activity, in this case painting and folding, will lead to changes., I tried using the name of a person,  written quickly along a fold line in wettish white paint and with feathering to each letter. My first trial we with the name Pete., , Quickly folding before the paint dries gives a partially predictable resulting symmetry., , I discovered that a couple of google-eyes...

  • Halloween Party Time
    Halloween Party Time
    October 11, 2016 0 Comments None

    So what does your kitchen counter look like in the holidays?, As you can see ours is covered in our first take on ‘maths at Halloween’., Watch this space as we post some Halloween maths activities and problems over the coming days. Hope you are having as much fun as we are this holiday...