An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
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?
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.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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?
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?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
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?
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.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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?
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?