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.
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.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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?
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 challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
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 the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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....?
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.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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 different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
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.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.