During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
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.
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?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
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?
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
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....?
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.
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?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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?
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'.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.