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 make?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
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 blocks.
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.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
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?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below 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?
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?