Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The
resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to
encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
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?
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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.
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
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?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
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?
Can you go from A to Z right through the alphabet in the hexagonal
There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres.
Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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
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.
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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?
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?
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).
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
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.
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
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?
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?
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?
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
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
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.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?