Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
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?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
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.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book 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?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
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.
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
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?
Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which
route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the
sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square
of another, larger, number.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
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.