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Two on Five

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

Consecutive Numbers

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Tea Cups

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

Newspapers

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

Polo Square

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Stairs

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

Calcunos

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

Bean Bags for Bernard's Bag

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

It Figures

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

Making Cuboids

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

Lost Books

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?

Sweets in a Box

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

Birthday Cake Candles

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

Tiling

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Cubes Here and There

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

Sticks and Triangles

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

Polygonals

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

Crossing the Town Square

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

Building with Rods

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

Room Doubling

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Teddy Town

Age 5 to 14Challenge Level

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

Halloween Investigation

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

Street Party

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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.

Ice Cream

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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.

3 Rings

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

Counting on Letters

Age 11 to 14Challenge Level

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

Magazines

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.

Train Carriages

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

The Great Tiling Count

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

It Was 2010!

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?

Taking a Die for a Walk

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.

Month Mania

Age 5 to 11Challenge 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?

Sorting the Numbers

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?

Street Sequences

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

Marvellous Matrix

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?

New House

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?

Magic Constants

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?

My New Patio

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

Round and Round the Circle

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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!

Hexpentas

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Five Coins

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

Sending Cards

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Number Squares

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Start with four numbers at the corners of a square and put the total of two corners in the middle of that side. Keep going... Can you estimate what the size of the last four numbers will be?

Worms

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?

Pebbles

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?