Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next
to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M.
What order were they in?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the
animal names under each column in the block graph using the
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
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?
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. . . .
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.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
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?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins
to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must
go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
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?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
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?