Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?
Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a
rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle
pieces could there be?
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He
can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you
find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways
can you find to add two blue carriages?
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no
mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there
more than one way to do it?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have
forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an
8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five
square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can
Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four
shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a
different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right-
angled isosceles triangles together?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must
go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths.
Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many
different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and
the 2 must not touch the table?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube.
Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the
shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
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 fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If
the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which
stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could
be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different
combinations of these can you find?