Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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.
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
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?
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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.
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?
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?
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?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?
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?
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?
How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
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?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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?