Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
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?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right-
angled isosceles triangles together?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this
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?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
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?
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles
using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What
other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There
are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many
different ways can they build their houses?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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.
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
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.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none
can capture any of the others.
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