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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'

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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

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