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.
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?
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?
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a 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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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 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?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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 make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
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. . . .
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.
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 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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.
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?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.