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# When Little Adventurers Hit The Jackpot

“Let’s check near the blue swings,” Ashley exclaimed as she left her gang inside the house and ran towards the backyard. Her parents had thrown her a surprise party on her 10th birthday, and she was having the time of her life! Brianna was thrilled! All her planning wasn't in vain, and the kids loved the games she had organised for them -- especially the treasure hunt that was underway.

As the rest of the children followed Ashley into the yard to look for the pot of gold’ that was tucked away somewhere, Brianna yelled from inside, “Good job, girls! You’re pretty close!” Just as she was about to let out a clue, Maggie, Ashley’s classmate, squealed in excitement, “I found it, Mrs Channing! I found it!” She was holding up a shiny yellow container that had a brown label on it. It read, ‘Pot Of Gold’.Just when Maggie thought she had won the game, she saw another label on the back -- “There’s a catch,” It read, with directions to open a little paper chit that was stuck underneath the container.

As everyone gathered around Maggie, she opened it and read, “There are 72 gold coins inside the container. If each of you were to get ⅛ of the gold, how much will each of you get?” The kids huddled and began to solve the problem. If you haven't figured out the answer by now, don’t sweat it! Adulthood doesn't guarantee you’ll be good at mental math.

However, if you’re still curious, it’s a simple fraction multiplication that needs to be done -- 72 x ⅛! The first step when multiplying fractions is to multiply the two numerators, in this case -- 72 x 1. The second step is to multiply the two denominators -- 1 x 8.  Finally, simplify the new fractions -- 72/ 8. The fractions can also be simplified before multiplying by factoring out common factors in the numerator and denominator.

“9! 9! 9!” The kids screamed in a chorus. They were right! They had multiplied the number by the fraction and were able to find part of that whole number. Brianna cheered them on and told them they could each have 9 gold coins from the container. The kids were elated to find beneath the ‘gold’ was delicious chocolate! Ashley’s birthday party was a super hit, and so was Brianna’s sneaky math lesson.

The next time you turn party-planner for your child, incorporate math and make it an experience. If you can’t, there’s always Cuemath.

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