A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the treasure in the minimum number of guesses?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you find a path from a number at the top of this network to the bottom which goes through each number from 1 to 9 once and once only?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
What do you notice about these squares of numbers? What is the same? What is different?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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 arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins add to 7?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
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.
Throughout these challenges, the touching faces of any adjacent dice must have the same number. Can you find a way of making the total on the top come to each number from 11 to 18 inclusive?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks. If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in triangular stacks?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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.
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?