Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks.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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
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!
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
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?
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.
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?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
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?
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?
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.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?