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.
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 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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
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....?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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.
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape
of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get
from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
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
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
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?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
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?
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.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape
In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way
to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the
kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
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?
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three
biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with
two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.