Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right-
angled isosceles triangles together?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways
can you find to add two blue carriages?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four
shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a
different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be
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?
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
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.
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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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?
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?
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He
can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you
find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
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?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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?
This train line has two tracks which cross at different points. Can
you find all the routes that end at Cheston?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?
The brown frog and green frog want to swap places without getting
wet. They can hop onto a lily pad next to them, or hop over each
other. How could they do it?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
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?
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?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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?