Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the clues to colour each square.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
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.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
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?
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.?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
The brown frog and green frog want to swap places without getting wet. They can hop onto a lily pad next to them, or hop over each other. How could they do it?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?