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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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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.

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?

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?

Magazines

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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.

Team Scream

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Elf Suits

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

Open Squares

Age 7 to 11
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This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?

Octa Space

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

The Dice Train

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?

Pouring the Punch Drink

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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.

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.

Sealed Solution

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Coins (2)

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?

Code Breaker

Age 7 to 11
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This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

Dart Target

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Five Coins

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

Two Primes Make One Square

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

School Fair Necklaces

Age 5 to 11
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How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?

Sums and Differences 1

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

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.

Twenty Divided Into Six

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

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. . . .

Two Egg Timers

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

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?

Spell by Numbers

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?

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.

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.

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?

Route Product

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

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

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?

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
Challenge Level

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

Nineteen Hexagons

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?

Being Resourceful - Primary Number

Age 5 to 11
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Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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'.

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?

Eight Queens

Age 7 to 11
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Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

Whose Sandwich?

Age 5 to 7
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Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

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?