Being Resourceful - Lower Primary

Being Resourceful - Lower Primary is part of our Being a Good Thinker - Lower Primary collection.

Good thinkers are resourceful and reflective. They think critically and can explain and justify the choices that they make. They become absorbed in what they are doing and show attention to detail. They look back on what they have done in order to learn from both successes and failures.

How can you become more resourceful?

These problems require careful consideration. Immerse yourself in them and appreciate that the journey is often as important as the destination!

You can browse through the Number, Measures, Geometry or Statistics collections, or scroll down to see the full set of problems below.
Age 5 to 7

Being Resourceful - Lower Primary Number

Number problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.

Age 5 to 7

Being Resourceful - Lower Primary Measures

Measure problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.

Age 5 to 7

Being Resourceful - Lower Primary Geometry

Geometry problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.

Age 5 to 7

Being Resourceful - Lower Primary Statistics

Statistics problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.

The Animals' Sports Day

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

One day five small animals in my garden were going to have a sports day. They decided to have a swimming race, a running race, a high jump and a long jump.

Biscuit Decorations

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?

Five Steps to 50

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?

Turning Man

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.

Ladybird Count

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Some children were playing a game. Make a graph or picture to show how many ladybirds each child had.

Ring a Ring of Numbers

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.

Wallpaper

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

These pieces of wallpaper need to be ordered from smallest to largest. Can you find a way to do it?

Heads and Feet

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?

More Numbers in the Ring

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?

The Tall Tower

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

Shaping It

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.

Dotty Six

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.

Rolling That Cube

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?

Cubes

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?

Square It

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.