Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to
make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Use the clues to colour each square.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and
what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the
shapes in the picture?
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?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that
they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can
you investigate all the different possibilities?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which
route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are
consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight
and 7 a.m.?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the
clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots
on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are
you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of
sticks that make the most triangles?
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?
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.
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.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?