What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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!
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
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?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do it?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears,
yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways
could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and
the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you
measure and how?
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
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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!
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins
to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below 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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged
the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same
total. What was the total and how could this be done?
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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which
route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has
taken? What does each face look like?