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?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the
operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest
whole number you can make?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American
Flag magic square.
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the
boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many
puzzles and books Santa left.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?
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
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.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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?
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.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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 problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the
faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers
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.
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight
that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
Find another number that is one short of a square number and when
you double it and add 1, the result is also a square number.
Find out why these matrices are magic. Can you work out how they were made? Can you make your own Magic Matrix?
Can you number the vertices, edges and faces of a tetrahedron so
that the number on each edge is the mean of the numbers on the
adjacent vertices and the mean of the numbers on the adjacent
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.
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.
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.