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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
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?
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?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
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.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
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?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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. . . .
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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!
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!
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 jugs.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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?
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.