Resources tagged with: Combinations

Filter by: Content type:
Age range:
Challenge level:

There are 106 results

Broad Topics > Decision Mathematics and Combinatorics > Combinations

Number Round Up

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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.

Nineteen Hexagons

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Cat Food

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?

Mixed-up Socks

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Team Scream

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Plates of Biscuits

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

Throw a 100

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Five Coins

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Zargon Glasses

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Dice and Spinner Numbers

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Bean Bags for Bernard's Bag

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?

Mrs Beeswax

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

The Money Maze

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Jumping Cricket

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Magic Triangle

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Briefcase Lock

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?

Two Egg Timers

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Polo Square

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Finding Fifteen

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

Robot Monsters

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Calendar Cubes

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Six Is the Sum

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

The Puzzling Sweet Shop

Age 5 to 11
Challenge 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?

Here to There 1 2 3

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Penta Post

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Fair Exchange

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Octa Space

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

Elf Suits

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Prison Cells

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?

Ladybirds in the Garden

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Homes

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

Button-up Some More

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Sending Cards

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?

Button-up

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

It Figures

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?

Red Express Train

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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

The School Trip

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

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?

Hubble, Bubble

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

On Target

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Sealed Solution

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Home City

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Beads

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Domino Sorting

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Try grouping the dominoes in the ways described. Are there any left over each time? Can you explain why?

Super Value Shapes

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Rod Measures

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

3 Blocks Towers

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?

Chocs, Mints, Jellies

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Triangle Edges

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

Waiting for Blast Off

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?

Buying a Balloon

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?