Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
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?
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
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 two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
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.
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?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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!
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
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 jugs.
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
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 it up?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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.
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?
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....?
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.
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
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?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle pieces could there be?