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.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
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?
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 numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you go from A to Z right through the alphabet in the hexagonal
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
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.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
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?
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
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?
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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 make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
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?
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?
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
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 find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
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 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?
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?
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.
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 possible numbers?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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.
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?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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
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?
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?
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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.
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?
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.
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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.
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?