This fun activity will have all the family using logic and reasoning skills to get the farmer and his animals safely across the river!
This puzzle offers a great opportunity to discuss problem solving strategies:
- Observe & Wonder
- Trial & error
- Recap & Plan
- Check & Justify
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Arts and crafts materials
Recreate this classic maths problem with materials from your home.
Please post photos of your creations and solutions using any of the channels below:
This is a very famous and tricky puzzle. It can be difficult to figure out, but if you create the puzzle with items that you can move, the puzzle may become easier. You can use toys for the farmer, fox, goose and grain. Otherwise you can draw pictures of each and cut them out.
A farmer must transport a fox, a goose, and some grain across a river. He/She has a boat which can only carry him/her and one other thing. If the farmer is not present, the fox will eat the goose. If the goose and the grain are left together alone, the goose will eat the grain.
Help the farmer cross the river.
How can she/he transport everything across the river?
How many trips will it take?
Use toys and other objects to represent the farmer, fox, goose and grain. And make or use something to represent the boat and the river.
Allow your children to use their imaginations and creativity.
Then you can try different ideas: put the items in the boat and bring them across the river in turn, If you have two items that shouldn’t be left together you can simply start again. It is ok to try different moves at random but if you are not making progress, you need to reflect on what you are doing that is not working. Make sure to try a different way the next time.