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Maths Brain Teasers - Upper Primary

PDF | 7 pages|Grades: 5 - 7

A set of 10 fun brain teasers for your students.

Give your students one brain teaser a day or a week to try and solve.

As a suggestion, you could have a solutions box at the front of the classroom. Your students would then write their name and answer on a piece of paper and drop it into the box. At the end of the day or week you would reveal the answer.

Brain teasers include:

  • Troll Toll
  • Racing Record
  • Football Frenzy
  • Baking Business
  • Code Cracker
  • Cash Crisis
  • Monkey Madness
  • Fit Firefighter
  • Farm Fun
  • Adding Apples

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    Alison Jeffs

    This resources was the perfect level of challenging for my upper year 6 group. Is there more problem solving like this available?? they would love to do more just like this.

    Alison Jeffs · Mar 12th, 2021

    Paul (Teach Starter)

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    Paul (Teach Starter) · Mar 12th, 2021

    Fifit Jfkrrr

    where is the answers please?

    Fifit Jfkrrr · Nov 28th, 2020

    Paul (Teach Starter)

    Hi there,

    The answers are included on the last two pages of the download. Contact us at [email protected] if you’re having trouble accessing the files and we’ll help you work through the problem.

    Paul (Teach Starter) · Nov 30th, 2020

    Mx Sb

    Could you show me the “working out” for the Baking Business problem, please? Also, could the answers you provide to each sheet have working out in full, please, and not just the answer? Thanks.

    Mx Sb · Jun 14th, 2020

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    Paul (Teach Starter) · Jun 14th, 2020

    Jehan Patel

    Can’t understand solution of racing record

    Jehan Patel · May 30th, 2020

    Paul (Teach Starter)

    Hi Jehan,

    We’re sorry to hear you’re having trouble. Please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll help you work through the problem.

    Paul (Teach Starter) · Jun 1st, 2020

    Paul (Teach Starter)

    Hi Jeanette,

    The final answers for each brain teaser are recorded on the answer sheet at the end of the document.

    Paul (Teach Starter) · May 11th, 2020

    Vaarin Vora

    Pls give solution of 2nd brain teaser racing record

    Vaarin Vora · May 10th, 2020

    Paul (Teach Starter)

    Hi Vaarin,

    The answers to all the Maths Brain Teasers are recorded on the answer sheet at the end of the document.

    Paul (Teach Starter) · May 11th, 2020

    Vaarin Vora

    I don’t det where it is ??

    Vaarin Vora · May 12th, 2020

    Vaarin Vora

    I don’t get where it is

    Vaarin Vora · May 12th, 2020

    Fiona Lyons

    I don’t understand monkey madness…

    Fiona Lyons · Jul 15th, 2019


    Hi Fiona,
    We would be happy to help you out. What is it exactly that you are unsure of?

    Kristian · Jul 15th, 2019

    Fiona Lyons

    Its okay, I was confused by the wording of the question and thought they were eating 3 bananas each… have worked it out now. 🙂

    Fiona Lyons · Jul 15th, 2019

    Scott (Teach Starter)

    Someone recently asked for the working to Question 1: Troll Toll.

    Working from the information provided ( we begin with the 3 apples required to feed to dragon):

    Bridge 5: (3 – 1) x 2 = 4
    Bridge 4: (4 – 1) x 2 = 6
    Bridge 3: (6 – 1) x 2 = 10
    Bridge 2: (10 – 1) x 2 = 18
    Bridge 1: (18 – 1) x 2 = 34 apples are required when the prince leaves home.

    Working backwards from the answer of 34:

    Bridge 1: (34/2)+1 = 18
    Bridge 2: (18/2)+1 = 10
    Bridge 3: (10/2)+1 = 6
    Bridge 4: (6/2)+1 = 4
    Bridge 5: (4/2)+1 = 3 left to feed his dragon!

    Kind regards,

    Scott (Teach Starter) · Dec 5th, 2016

    Resource Updates

    • Additional working for the solutions has been added to the answers page.

      Addition by Paul (Teach Starter) Jun 29th, 2020

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