Moving from snowflake to snowflake from left to right, in how many different ways can you spell out the word "Snowman"?

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

Topics: Starter | Combinations | Problem Solving | Xmas

You can find many more ChristMaths activities at:

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• After solving this problem I have asked pupils questions such as "how many ways can you get from this classroom to the front of school without backtracking", "How many ways can you get from the bottom left corner of a chess board to the top right by only moving right or up?" and, for the more advanced, "What similarities does the solution to this problem have with Pascal's Triangle?"

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Note to teacher: You can click on the letters in the snowflake diagram above to show different ways of spelling snowman.

There is a printable worksheet to go with this activity.

Imagine a similar diagram for "SnowWoman".
How many ways?

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 Teacher, do your students have access to computers such as tablets, iPads or Laptops?  This page was really designed for projection on a whiteboard but if you really want the students to have access to it here is a concise URL for a version of this page without the comments: Transum.org/go/?Start=December21 However it would be better to assign one of the student interactive activities below.

Here is the URL which will take them to an interactive Christmas activity.

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