Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog.
Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs.
She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap.
How many biscuits did each dog get?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers
on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have
12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his
cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 15.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range
in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact
ages from the clues?
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
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.
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
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?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.