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.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no
mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there
more than one way to do it?
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey
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. . . .
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel
along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the
shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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.
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?
Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime
numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so
that you have double the number.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes
totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the
different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none
can capture any of the others.
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?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape
of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get
from Planet A to Planet Zargon?