Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his friend trapped in the tower.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
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?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
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.
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?
Jo has three numbers which she adds together in pairs. When she does this she has three different totals: 11, 17 and 22 What are the three numbers Jo had to start with?”
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
The graph represents a salesman’s area of activity with the shops that the salesman must visit each day. What route around the shops has the minimum total distance?
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?
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?
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?
What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?
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.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
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?
What are the possible dimensions of a rectangular hallway if the number of tiles around the perimeter is exactly half the total number of tiles?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
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?
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.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
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?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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 possible?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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.
A 3 digit number is multiplied by a 2 digit number and the calculation is written out as shown with a digit in place of each of the *'s. Complete the whole multiplication sum.
Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.
Can you guess the colours of the 10 marbles in the bag? Can you develop an effective strategy for reaching 1000 points in the least number of rounds?
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 make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
In 1871 a mathematician called Augustus De Morgan died. De Morgan made a puzzling statement about his age. Can you discover which year De Morgan was born in?
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.
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?