Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
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?
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?
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle pieces could there be?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
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?
This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
Investigate the different sounds you can make by putting the owls and donkeys on the wheel.
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
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?