My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
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.?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?
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?
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.
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
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....?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?