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1 to 8

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

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. . . .

Routes 1 and 5

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

Sitting Round the Party Tables

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Birthday Cake Candles

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.

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 ...?

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?

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?

Seating Arrangements

Age 7 to 11
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Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

Two Dots

Age 7 to 11
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Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

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?

Make Pairs

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

Single Track

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Crack the Code

Age 7 to 11
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The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

Count the Trapeziums

Age 7 to 11
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How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

Bunny Hop

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Broken Toaster

Age 7 to 11 Short
Challenge Level

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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.

Whose Face?

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

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?

Page Numbers

Age 7 to 11 Short
Challenge Level

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

Possible Pieces

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?

Jumping Squares

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

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?

Calcunos

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

Newspapers

Age 7 to 11
Challenge 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?

Eight Queens

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

Cereal Packets

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

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?

Two on Five

Age 5 to 11
Challenge 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?

How Many Times?

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

Ordered Ways of Working Upper Primary

Age 7 to 11
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These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

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.

Neighbours

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Cubes Here and There

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

Pasta Timing

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

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?

Stairs

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

One to Fifteen

Age 7 to 11
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Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Fake Gold

Age 7 to 11
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A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

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?

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?

Two Dice

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

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'.

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?

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.

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?

Jigsaw Pieces

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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