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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime
numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing 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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
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?
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?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which
route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
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?
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.
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.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
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.
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using
a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How
can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has
taken? What does each face look like?
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.?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots
on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the
clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five
equilateral triangles edge to edge.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on
wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works
using the table of the alphabet?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel
along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the
shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
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?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school
playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
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!