My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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.?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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.
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 replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort
them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we
arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
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?
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence
to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
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
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....?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5
grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand
point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
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?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are
palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks
and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that
they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can
you investigate all the different possibilities?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four
squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other
totals can you make?