Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
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?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next
to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M.
What order were they in?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
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?
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 ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way
to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the
kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube.
Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the
shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three
biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with
two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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.
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
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.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five
square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can
Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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
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?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4
units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different
cuboids can you make?