Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
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 is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
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 replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
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?
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.
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
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?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
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.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.