Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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?
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
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?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
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!
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?