Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
The brown frog and green frog want to swap places without getting wet. They can hop onto a lily pad next to them, or hop over each other. How could they do it?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
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?
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?
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?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
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 line?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
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?
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 away?
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?
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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.
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
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?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
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.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.