Playing SET with Furbles

Furbles are an amazing way to get into the idea of data handling. Furbles make the idea of properties of a set much clearer by the fact that there are only 3 properties that you can look for and they are very clear.

But because they are furbles that we can imagine being alive I feel this helps children identify with them somewhat. Also, it’s easy enough to add extra information that is meant to be ignored like hair and feet etc. This is also what you would need to do when collecting data on people.

This week’s challenge focuses on isolating the properties. And what better way to do that than to play SET.

To play, you’ll need to do the following:

Download the activity sheets

Print and cut out the furble cards. For the first game, only use the first 3 sheets (shown above) and 3 of the colours e.g. leave out the black ones.

Lay out 9 cards in 3 rows of 3.

Players take turns to find SETs.

See the instructions in the download for more about how to play this.

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