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### Birthday Cakes

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?

### Buzzy Bee

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decorated the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?

### Pairs of Legs

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

How many legs do each of these creatures have? How many pairs is that?

### Writing Digits

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number she wrote?

### Queue

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

25 students are queuing in a straight line. How many are there between Julia and Jenny?

### 100 Square Jigsaw

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?

### How Odd

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?

### A Bowl of Fruit

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?

### Snail One Hundred

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

### Unexpected Ordering

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?

### Next Domino

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?

### All Change

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?

### Count the Crayons

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

How could you estimate the number of pencils/pens in these pictures?

### Up and Down Donkey

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

A number card game for 2-6 players.

### Cube Bricks and Daisy Chains

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Daisy and Akram were making number patterns. Daisy was using beads that looked like flowers and Akram was using cube bricks. First they were counting in twos.

### Which Is Quicker?

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

### Incey Wincey Spider for Two

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?

### Sort Them Out (1)

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

### Lots of Biscuits!

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Help share out the biscuits the children have made.

### Stone Age Counting

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

What could these drawings, found in a cave in Spain, represent?

### Find a Path

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you find a path from a number at the top of this network to the bottom which goes through each number from 1 to 9 once and once only?

### Truth or Lie

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?

### Tug of War

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

### Birthday Cake Candles

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.

### Jumping Squares

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

### 1 to 8

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

### Tug Harder!

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?

### Incey Wincey Spider

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?

### Spelling Circle

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.

### Poker Bingo

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

A game played with a standard pack of cards.

### Page Numbers

##### Age 7 to 11 Short Challenge Level:

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

### Swimming Pool

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

In this problem, we're investigating the number of steps we would climb up or down to get out of or into the swimming pool. How could you number the steps below the water?

### Noah

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?

### Eightness of Eight

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

What do you see as you watch this video? Can you create a similar video for the number 12?

### Sitting Round the Party Tables

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

### Dotty Six for Two

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?

### Nim-7 for Two

##### Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

### Month Mania

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?

### Diagonal Sums Sudoku

##### Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

### How Would We Count?

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.

### Alien Counting

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.

### Some Secret Codes

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?

### Neighbours

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

### Natural Born Mathematicians

##### Age 5 to 7

Helen Joyce interviews the neuropsychologist Brian Butterworth whose research has shown that we are all born with a "built-in" sense of cardinal number.

### Pairs of Numbers

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?

### Nim-7

##### Age 5 to 14 Challenge Level:

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

##### Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Some children were playing a game. Make a graph or picture to show how many ladybirds each child had.

### Making Maths: Happy Families

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

### Counting Cards

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?