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**THE “WHAT” GAMES??** the strips of metal joining the **hub **(centre) of a wheel to its **rim **(edge) are called the **spokes**. Have you tried to count the number of spokes on a car wheel? How good is your counting? What other patterns can you find in the wheels?

**SAFETY RULES:**

- Do not attempt to count the spokes on a moving car. Only count the spokes if it is parked.
- Small children should hold an adult’s hands.
- Ask permission if there is someone sat inside the car you want to count. Explain that you are playing a maths game and that their car has really cool wheels!

**GAME 1- COUNT THE SPOKES:** Some car wheels have 5 spokes, some have 7, some have more. Find some cars and count the number of spokes.

**GAME 2– COLLECT THE SET: **how many different numbers can you find? Here are wheels with every number of spokes from 4 up to 16. I can’t find 17!! – can you?

**GAME 3– ROTATIONAL SYMMETRY:** Most wheels look the same when they are flipped (**line symmetry)** or turned (**rotational symmetry**). Some wheels only have rotational symmetry: they look back-to-front when they are flipped. Here are some of my favourites; how many can you find? Ignore the wheel nuts and any logos.

**GAME 4 – WHICH NUMBER IS BEST?:** I’ve seen lots of wheels with 7 spokes but only one car with 13 spokes. Which number do you see the most of?

**GAME 5 – COUNTING WITHOUT COUNTING:** can you recognise a wheel with 5 spokes just by looking at the shape? How about 6 spokes? What’s the biggest number you can “count without counting”?

**GAME 6 – THE COOLEST WHEEL: **there are some really cool wheel designs out there – here are some of my favourites. Can you find any really cool designs?

Until next time: Happy Counting!

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