Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the
operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest
whole number you can make?
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the
boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many
puzzles and books Santa left.
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
Can you find a path from a number at the top of this network to the
bottom which goes through each number from 1 to 9 once and once
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Amy's mum had given her £2.50 to spend. She bought four times as many pens as pencils and was given 40p change. How many of each did she buy?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range
in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact
ages from the clues?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American
Flag magic square.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
In 1871 a mathematician called Augustus De Morgan died. De Morgan
made a puzzling statement about his age. Can you discover which
year De Morgan was born in?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks.
If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's
there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and
between the two 3's there are three digits.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the
faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Using only six straight cuts, find a way to make as many pieces of
pizza as possible. (The pieces can be different sizes and shapes).
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and
lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children
buy with their money?
Find out why these matrices are magic. Can you work out how they were made? Can you make your own Magic Matrix?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network
following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with
any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog.
Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs.
She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap.
How many biscuits did each dog get?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?