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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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

Finding Fifteen

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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?

Train Carriages

Age 5 to 11
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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?

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?

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?

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?

Wag Worms

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Octa Space

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

Prison Cells

Age 7 to 11
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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?

More and More Buckets

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

Penta Place

Age 7 to 11
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Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?

Penta Primes

Age 7 to 11
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Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?

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?

Map Folding

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

Delia's Routes

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

Tiles on a Patio

Age 7 to 11
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How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

New House

Age 7 to 11
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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 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.

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?

Five Coins

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

Waiting for Blast Off

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

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?

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?

Button-up Some More

Age 7 to 11
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How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?