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Counters

Age 7 to 11
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Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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?

Painting Possibilities

Age 7 to 11
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This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

Hexpentas

Age 5 to 11
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How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Open Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?

Display Boards

Age 7 to 11
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Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

Neighbours

Age 7 to 11
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In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

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?

Knight's Swap

Age 7 to 11
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Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

Single Track

Age 7 to 11
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What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

Shunting Puzzle

Age 7 to 11
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Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?

Jigsaw Pieces

Age 7 to 11
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How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

Child's Play

Age 7 to 11
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A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?

Cuboid-in-a-box

Age 7 to 11
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What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Brush Loads

Age 7 to 11
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How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

Move a Match

Age 7 to 11
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How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

Triple Cubes

Age 5 to 11
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This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

More Pebbles

Age 7 to 11
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Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.

Paw Prints

Age 7 to 11
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A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

Counting Cards

Age 7 to 11
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A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

Taking Steps

Age 7 to 11
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In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Dodecamagic

Age 7 to 11
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Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Four Triangles Puzzle

Age 5 to 11
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Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

Little Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11
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In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

Fence It

Age 11 to 14
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If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Tetrahedron Faces

Age 7 to 11
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One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?

Folded Number Line

Age 7 to 11
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When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.

Wrapping Presents

Age 7 to 11
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Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.

The Triangle Game

Age 11 to 16
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Can you discover whether this is a fair game?

Inside Seven Squares

Age 7 to 11
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What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?

Odd Squares

Age 7 to 11
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Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

28 - Upward and Onward

Age 7 to 11
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Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?

LOGO Challenge - Triangles-squares-stars

Age 11 to 16
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Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

Coded Hundred Square

Age 7 to 11
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This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Triangles to Tetrahedra

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

Seeing Squares

Age 5 to 11
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Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Clocked

Age 11 to 14
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Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?

Nine-pin Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

A Square in a Circle

Age 7 to 11
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What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover this area?

Cuboids

Age 11 to 14
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Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

Take One Example

Age 5 to 11

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

Redblue

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?

Picture a Pyramid ...

Age 7 to 11
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Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?

Multiplication Series: Illustrating Number Properties with Arrays

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .

Circles, Circles

Age 5 to 11
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Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

Pyramid Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

Quadrilaterals

Age 7 to 11
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How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Seeing Squares for Two

Age 5 to 11
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Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

Cogs

Age 11 to 14
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A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .