Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape
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 activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles
using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What
other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
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?
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?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways
can you find to add two blue carriages?
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
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 focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school
playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using
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
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right-
angled isosceles triangles together?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five
square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can
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.
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
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 seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
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?