Peanuts and Buttons

A Maths Starter Of The Day

Jar of peanuts

1. Estimate the number of peanuts in this jar.

2. A box contains some buttons. Four people estimate the number of buttons in the box. Their estimates were 191, 187, 186 and 213.

One of the estimates was twenty out, one was six out, one was two out and the other estimate was seven out.

How many buttons were in the box?


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  • This was an activity remembered from years ago (back in the day!) at family parties. Mother would have counted hundreds of buttons into a jar and a small prize was awarded at the party for the person who came up with the closest guess! Good estimation is also an important skill in Mathematics and estimating lengths, weights, time, angles and solutions to problems should be practised regularly. Pupils should make sensible estimates of a range of measures in relation to everyday situations. Click on the 'Estimating' link below for more ideas and activities.
  • Chris Boulden, Coatesville School.
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  • How many peanuts are in the jar?

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  • Aruna Yadav, China
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  • I would like to see the answer. Starter activities are great.

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