In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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?
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
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?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.
This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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.
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
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?
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.