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.
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number
of dots on each side.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain
which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest
Can you go from A to Z right through the alphabet in the hexagonal
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged
the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same
total. What was the total and how could this be done?
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.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do it?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8
heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful
spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
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?
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?
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
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and
ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?
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.
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to
find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's
finishing position was.
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?