Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
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'.
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
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?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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?
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
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?
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?
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. . . .
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
Number problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.
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?
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?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.