Number Six and circus
Stories and pictures:
from Magic Mathematics
How Six is different from Nine
There was once a girl who could never remember how to
write the number six. Sometimes she wrote the oval at the
top and the tail at the bottom, and sometimes the other way
‘Why have you written nine instead of six again?’ mum
‘Number Nine has a big, intelligent head. Number Six wanted to be clever too, and turned upside down,’ the girl
‘So your number six is an acrobat in the circus?’ mum said
That night, the girl dreamt of a circus. Numbers were
performing instead of animals. They somersaulted, juggled
and did magic tricks.
Suddenly, the ringmaster announced: ‘And now for the
acrobats – a little girl and the Number Six!’
The girl went into the ring, and Number Six turned her
upside down in one swift move.
‘Now you have to count all the animals in the big top,’
Number Six said.
‘How can I count when I’m standing on my head?’ the ...
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Short movement game ‘Find six differences’
The children stand in a circle. Use this counting game to find a leader.
Number Six sat on a bench,
And ate lots of healthy food,
He stretched and had a rest,
And came back very soon.
The leader stands behind the door.
The others make six changes to their appearance, for
example: mess up their hair, take off their glasses, unfasten a few buttons.
Then the leader is
called back, and they must find the six differences.
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