# Peanuts and Buttons

## A Maths Starter Of The Day

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 162, 136, 168 and 152.

One of the estimates was two out, one was eighteen out, one was eight out and the other estimate was fourteen out.

How many buttons were in the box?

Topics: Starter | Estimating | Problem Solving

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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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• I would like to see the answer. Starter activities are great.

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