How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?
This train line has two tracks which cross at different points. Can you find all the routes that end at Cheston?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
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?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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.
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
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.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?