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Homes

Age 5 to 7
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Six new homes are being built! They can be detached, semi-detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

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.

Magazines

Age 7 to 11
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Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

All Seated

Age 7 to 11
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Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Age 7 to 11
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This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

Home City

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

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?

The Puzzling Sweet Shop

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Ribbon Squares

Age 7 to 11
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What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

Route Product

Age 7 to 11
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Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

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?

Cubes Here and There

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Five Coins

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

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?

Four Colours

Age 5 to 11
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Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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?

Spell by Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?

Twenty Divided Into Six

Age 7 to 11
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Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

Sticks and Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

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. . . .

Arranging the Tables

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

Creating Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

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?

Ancient Runes

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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.

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

Snails' Trails

Age 7 to 11
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Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

Today's Date - 01/06/2009

Age 5 to 11
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What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

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.

Centred Squares

Age 7 to 11
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This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Dice Stairs

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Seven Square Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

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?

Rabbits in the Pen

Age 7 to 11
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Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

Whose Face?

Age 5 to 11
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These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

Robot Monsters

Age 5 to 7
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Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Lots of Lollies

Age 5 to 7
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Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?