# Resources tagged with: Trial and improvement

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Broad Topics > Thinking Mathematically > Trial and improvement

### Sliding Game

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

A shunting puzzle for 1 person. Swop the positions of the counters at the top and bottom of the board.

### Number Sandwiches

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?

### Strike it Out for Two

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

### Strike it Out

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

### In the Money

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?

### Pair Sums

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

### Domino Square

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.

### Clever Santa

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.

### Number Juggle

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).

### 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?

### Cinema Problem

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly Â£100 if the prices are Â£10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.

### Arranging the Tables

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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.

### 3388

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.

### Four-digit Targets

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

You have two sets of the digits 0 â€“ 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?

### Fractions in a Box

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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.

### Inky Cube

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

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?

### Cycling Squares

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Daisy

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In this game for two players, take it in turns to shade one petal, or two petals next to each other. Is it better to go first or second?

### Tom's Number

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

### Rabbits in the Pen

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

### What Two ...?

##### Age 7 to 11 ShortChallenge Level

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

### Pizza Cut

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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).

### Magic Matrix

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Find out why these matrices are magic. Can you work out how they were made? Can you make your own Magic Matrix?

### The Clockmaker's Birthday Cake

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

### Magic Potting Sheds

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

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?

### Make 100

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x Ã·) to make these digits come to 100.

### Path to the Stars

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Fitted

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Arrange the Digits

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?

### Rocco's Race

##### Age 7 to 11 ShortChallenge Level

Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's finishing position was.

### Sticky Dice

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Treasure Hunt

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the treasure in the minimum number of guesses?

### Fence It

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

### One Million to Seven

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Let's Face It

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers match.

### Charitable Pennies

##### Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.

### Cat Food

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks. If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in triangular stacks?

### One to Eight

##### Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

### Difference

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

### Junior Frogs

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

### Coded Hundred Square

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

### The Puzzling Sweet Shop

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

### A Numbered Route

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Factor-multiple Chains

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

### Numbered Cars

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Prison Cells

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

### Special 24

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Find another number that is one short of a square number and when you double it and add 1, the result is also a square number.

### One Wasn't Square

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.

### Zios and Zepts

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?

### Highest and Lowest

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.