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42 Maths Teasers For KS3/4 – A Puzzle A Day For The Summer Holidays

42! It's the answer to 'how many days are there in six weeks?' as well as 'Life, the Universe and everything'

  • 42 Maths Teasers For KS3/4 – A Puzzle A Day For The Summer Holidays

What’s your biggest fear over the summer holidays?

Clowns? No not clowns, don’t be ridiculous. Spiders? Absolutely not. Shark attack? This isn’t Jaws, and sharks are likely to strike while you’re on the sofa watching Game of Thrones with one eye and planning for the new school year with the other.

No, it’s worrying that students will forget absolutely everything they’ve learned over the past year. Well, that and the state of education.

But while we can’t do much about the latter, we can try to help out a little with the former.

We’ve picked out 42 maths puzzlers, one for each day of the six-week holiday (even though it’s very unlikely students will have exactly six weeks off).

Give students this link before they leave for the year, or email each question out a day at a time if you have the patience.

Just click the link on each one (on either the image or the title) to try them out in full and get the solutions.

Day 1 | 12 to 15


Day 2 | Puzzling Taxi Fares


Day 3 | 3 x 3 magic square



Day 4 | Even number



Day 5 | Money matters



Solution booklet can be found here


Day 6 | Roll the dice



Day 7 | Game on


Day 8 | Compound rectangular shapes



Day 9 | The Stupid Gardener



Day 10 | 1996 puzzle



Day 11 | Dizzy Digits



Day 12 | Medal muddle



Day 13 | iPhones and iPads



Day 14 | Insert 1-15



Day 15 | Save the date



Solution booklet can be found here


Day 16 | Bavarian



Day 17 | The Puzzled Farmer



Day 18 | Header



Day 19 | Five card trick



Day 20 | Tricky Twenty Triangle



Day 21 | Working with ratios



Day 22 | Eye colours



Day 23 | Bridge over troubled students



Day 24 | Three spinners



Day 25 | Pipes and Pathways


Day 26 | Monk steps



Day 27 | Circles



Day 28 | Head over Tails



Day 29 | 15 to 1



Solution booklet can be found here


Day 30 | Going to St Ives



Day 31 | Alison’s quilt



Day 32 | Secret locker code


Day 33 | Celebrity murder mystery


Download the full resource here


Day 34 | Pairwise adding



Day 35 | Are they parallel?



Day 36 | From town to town



Day 37 | Initial Numbers



Day 38 | Midnight



Day 39 | Aunt’s old jalopy


Day 40 | Gift of gems



Day 41 | The Largest Number



Day 42 | Cross numbers



Main image credit: deviantart.org

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