




Numeracy problems to solve for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 Here are some puzzles for the whole family. When you've solved them, try them out on your friends. Puzzle A Speedy, Busy and Cheeky are three of Father Christmas' elves who live in Christmas Woods. One elf wears a red hat, one a silver hat and one a gold hat, but we don't know elf is which. We do know that Speedy and the elf with the gold hat don't like each other much. Busy likes the elf with the red hat and sometimes lets him borrow his gold hat. Which elf has the silver hat? Puzzle B It's time to decorate for Christmas. All the decorations have been kept in a special cabinet which has lots of drawers.
The puzzle is to find out from the following clues the drawer in which the angel is kept. Here are the clues
There are several ways to solve a puzzle like this. One way might be to use a table like this to record the build up of information contained in the clues using ticks and crosses.
E.g.The first clue tells us that there is a snowman in one of the drawers but it isn't in drawer 1,2,3,4 or 5 as these drawers don't have more than one drawer above them. So we can record that information by putting crosses on the grid s shown. So we know the snowman can only be 6,7 or 8. When you have found which drawer the Angel is in you can tell which drawers all the other Christmas items are in? Which drawer is empty? Have lots of fun trying this puzzle out on others. 



