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There is a lot of mathematics behind magic. You could give the children magic tricks to investigate.
Illusions fascinate many people. One illusion is called Hooper’s Paradox. The top rectangle has an area of 30units² (10x3). When you cut out the pieces and rearrange them into the bottom shape, which is made up of two rectangles, the area changes. Why do you think this is?
You might like to watch magician Martin Duffy’s YouTube clip about this – highly recommended!
You can find more illusions on Kids Math Games.
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