Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
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?
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?
You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?
Can you go from A to Z right through the alphabet in the hexagonal maze?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
What do you notice about these squares of numbers? What is the same? What is different?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the treasure in the minimum number of guesses?
Throughout these challenges, the touching faces of any adjacent dice must have the same number. Can you find a way of making the total on the top come to each number from 11 to 18 inclusive?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
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.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. How many eggs are in each basket?
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?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins add to 7?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
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.
Using only six straight cuts, find a way to make as many pieces of pizza as possible. (The pieces can be different sizes and shapes).
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.