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Homes

Age 5 to 7
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Six new homes are being built! They can be detached, semi-detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

Street Party

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Bean Bags for Bernard's Bag

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Ice Cream

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Calendar Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

Newspapers

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Halloween Investigation

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Calcunos

Age 7 to 11
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If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

Magic Triangle

Age 7 to 11
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Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.

Elf Suits

Age 7 to 11
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If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

It Figures

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Polo Square

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Sending Cards

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Team Scream

Age 7 to 11
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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?

3 Rings

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Home City

Age 7 to 11
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Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

Dice and Spinner Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?

Fair Exchange

Age 5 to 7
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In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

Room Doubling

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Nineteen Hexagons

Age 5 to 7
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In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?

Six Is the Sum

Age 7 to 11
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What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

Two on Five

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Sweets in a Box

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Mrs Beeswax

Age 5 to 7
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In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?

Making Cuboids

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Five Coins

Age 5 to 11
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Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

The Money Maze

Age 7 to 11
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Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?

Mixed-up Socks

Age 5 to 7
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Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

Jumping Cricket

Age 5 to 7
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El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

Two Egg Timers

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Buying a Balloon

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Chocs, Mints, Jellies

Age 7 to 11
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In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

Super Value Shapes

Age 7 to 11
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If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?

Zargon Glasses

Age 7 to 11
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Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?

Rod Measures

Age 7 to 11
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Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?

Throw a 100

Age 7 to 11
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Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?

Beads

Age 7 to 11
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Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

Cat Food

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Penta Post

Age 7 to 11
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Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?

Red Express Train

Age 5 to 7
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The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?

Three by Three

Age 5 to 11
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Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

Those Tea Cups

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Semaphore Signals

Age 7 to 11
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Semaphore is a way to signal the alphabet using two flags. You might want to send a message that contains more than just letters. How many other symbols could you send using this code?

The School Trip

Age 5 to 7
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Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?

On Target

Age 7 to 11
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You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?

Hubble, Bubble

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Here to There 1 2 3

Age 5 to 7
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Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?

The Puzzling Sweet Shop

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Ladybirds in the Garden

Age 5 to 7
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In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?

Sealed Solution

Age 7 to 11
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Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?