Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
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.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .
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?
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....?
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?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
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?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
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.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel
along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the
shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes
totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the
different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the
animal names under each column in the block graph using the
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none
can capture any of the others.
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so
that you have double the number.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?