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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?

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?

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.

Team Scream

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Chocs, Mints, Jellies

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Elf Suits

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

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?

Room Doubling

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

Wag Worms

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

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?

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?

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?

Penta Place

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?

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?

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?

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.

Calendar Cubes

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

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?

Cereal Packets

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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?

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?

Three by Three

Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

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

Home City

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

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?

More and More Buckets

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

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.

Semaphore Signals

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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?

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

Delia's Routes

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

A little mouse called Delia lives in a hole in the bottom of a tree.....How many days will it be before Delia has to take the same route again?

Map Folding

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

On Target

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?

Hubble, Bubble

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Tiles on a Patio

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Dice and Spinner Numbers

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Two Egg Timers

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Six Is the Sum

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Zargon Glasses

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Penta Primes

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?

Those Tea Cups

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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.

Plates of Biscuits

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Waiting for Blast Off

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Sealed Solution

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Octa Space

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

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?

Chocoholics

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?

Finding Fifteen

Age 7 to 11Challenge 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?

Button-up Some More

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

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

More Children and Plants

Age 7 to 14Challenge Level

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

Butterfly Cards

Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Four children were sharing a set of twenty-four butterfly cards. Are there any cards they all want? Are there any that none of them want?