A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
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?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is
divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a
5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
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
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?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
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?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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 lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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?
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?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways
can you find to add two blue carriages?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?