Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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.
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
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?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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?
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?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
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.
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
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?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so
that you have double the number.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many
different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and
the 2 must not touch the table?
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
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?
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.
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
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?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none
can capture any of the others.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must
go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the
sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square
of another, larger, number.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network
following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with
any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.