**Daily activity**

**December**

Tuesday, December 1st

Math and Number Play

Odd One Out

Suppose you have 7 golf balls and 2 paper bags. How can you put an odd number of golf balls into each bag?

Put 3 balls in each bag (or put 1 ball in the first bag and five in the second). What about the seventh ball? Just don't put it into a bag at all!

Wednesday, December 2nd

The two painters need one hour to paint one room. In six hours, the original two painters can paint six rooms. Therefore, you will need to double the painters (4 painters) to get all twelve rooms done in 6 hours.

Painting by the Numbers:

Two painters can paint two rooms in two hours. If 12 rooms have to be painted in six hours, how many painters do you need?

Math and Number Play

Thursday, December 3rd

Number and Math Play

Penny Candy

Back in the days when candy cost just a few cents a piece, Alice was able to buy exactly 100 pieces of candy for a dollar. Some of her candy cost 10 cents a piece; some of her candy cost 3 cents a piece; and some of her candy cost 1 penny for 2 pieces.

How many pieces of each price candy did Alice buy?

5 pieces of candy at 10 cents a piece equals 50 cents

1 piece of candy at 3 cents a piece equals 3 cents

94 pieces of candy at 2 pieces for 1 penny equals 47 cents

100 pieces equals $1.00

Friday, December 4th

Number and Math Play

Piano Lessons:

Abigail, Bettina, Cynthia, and Dahlia all began piano lessons last year. Cynthia took twice as many lessons as Bettina. Abigail took 4 lessons more than Dahlia but 3 fewer than Cynthia. Dahlia took 15 lessons altogether.

How many lessons did each girl take?

Abigail:19

Bettina:11

Cynthia:22

Dahlia: 15

Monday, December 7th

Number and Math Play

Ben has socks in five different colors: two pairs of blue socks, two pairs of black, three pairs of brown, four pairs of green, and four pairs of white. Ben, who is not very neat, doesn't bother to pair up his socks when he puts them away. He just throws them in the drawer. Now Ben is packing to go away for the weekend, but there's been a power failure and he can't see the socks in his drawer.

How many socks does he have to take out of his drawer to be sure he has at least two that will make a pair?

The answer is six socks. If Ben takes out five socks, he could have one of each color, with no two matching colors. But if he takes out six socks, two have to be the same color, since there are only five colors.

Number and Math Play

Tuesday, December 8th

Jill brought home a poster from her trip. She had paid $25 for it. Liu saw the poster and gave Jill $35 for it. A few days later, Jill bought the poster back for $45. Then she sold it again, this time to her cousin Allie for $55.

After all of her buying and selling, did Jill make money or lose money? How much?

Jill brought home a poster from her trip. She had paid $25 for it. Liu saw the poster and gave Jill $35 for it. A few days later, Jill bought the poster back for $45. Then she sold it again, this time to her cousin Allie for $55.

Number and Math Play

Ann, a very competitive person, decides to give herself 2 points for every crossword puzzle in her daily newspaper that she completes correctly and to forfeit 3 points for every crossword in the paper that she completes incorrectly or cannot complete.

After 30 days of working the puzzles, Ann has a score of zero. How many puzzles has she solved correctly?

Hint: She completed 30 puzzles.

WEdnesday, December 9th

Ann solved 18 puzzles correctly; therefore, at 2 points a puzzle, she earned 36 points. But Ann failed to solve 12 correctly; therefore, at 3 points a puzzle, she lost 36 points.

She was walking, not driving.

The captain of a ship was telling this interesting story: "We traveled the sea far and wide. At one time, two of my sailors were standing on opposite sides of the ship. One was looking west and the other one east. And at the same time, they could see each other clearly."

How can that be possible?

**January**

A puzzle maker looks out a window into his back yard. He sees a mix of boys and cats. He counts 22 heads and 68 legs. How many boys and how many cats are in the yard?

Draw a straight line that begins on the left side of the clockface between 9 and 10 and cuts across the clockface to the right side between 3 and 4. The sum of the numbers above the line equals 39, and the sum of the numbers below the line equals 39.

thursday, January 7th

The sailors were standing with their back to the edge of the ship so they were looking at each other.

monday, january 11th

There are 8 dogs and 4 kids.

Number and Math Play

Logic

Number and Math Play

friday, January 8th

There are 12 cats and 10 boys in the back yard.

Number and Math Play

A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn't break the law. How is this possible?

Wednesday, January 6th

Logic

Number and Math Play

If it takes Polly the Painter 1 hour to paint a bedroom floor that is 9 feet wide and 12 feet long, how long will it take her to paint the living room floor, which is twice as wide and twice as long?

monday, February 1st

friday, January 29th

Logic

Three playing cards are placed, face down, on a table.

1) A jack is to the left of a queen.

2) To the left of a spade is a diamond.

3) A king is left of a heart.

4) A spade is right of a king.

Identify the cards.

Start with 2 children crossing.

One child gets out of boat, other returns.

Child gets out, soldier crosses.

Soldier gets out, child returns.

Both children cross...etc...

1. huge Scrooge

2. pig's wig

An army general wanted ten soldiers to cross a river.

There was no bridge and the soldiers could not swim.

The general saw a row boat in which were two children.

The boat could only hold two children or one soldier at once.

Question : How did the soldiers cross the river in the boat?

Five people receive gifts. These gifts are : a scooter, a sweater, a Nintendo, a computer and a radio.

Marie loves clothing.

Suzie loves the outdoors.

Julie hates electronic games.

Brigitte dislikes music and computers.

Martin loves to type.

Question : Who has which gifts?

friday, February 26th

wednesday, February 3rd

From Left to Right:

King of diamonds, Jack of hearts, Queen of spades

wednesday, February 24th

**February**

thursday, February 4th

Logic

Lateral Thinking

Logic

Logic

Brigitte = nintendo, Martin = computer, Julie = radio,

Suzie = scooter,

Marie = sweater

Thursday, February 25th

**March**

Thursday, December 10th

Number and Math Play

Five miles of pennies are worth more than the ton of pennies.

Five Miles: $3,555.56.

1 ton: $4,224

If someone offered you a choice between a ton of pennies and five miles of pennies lined up with touching edges, which would you take if you wanted the most money? Here are some facts to help you decide:

A penny weighs .09 ounces.

A penny's diameter is .75 inches.

Number and Math Play

Friday, December 11th

The numbers in the middle column are related in some way to the numbers in the left and right columns. How are they related?

3 42 8

5 51 3

8 61 2

7 53 5

Number and Math Play

monday, December 14th

In each row, the middle number is the product of the number on its left and the number on its right, but backwards.

Six Daughters

Mr. Seibold has 6 daughters. Each daughter is 4 years older than her next younger sister. The oldest daughter is 3 times as old than her youngest sister.

How old is each of the daughters?

From youngest to oldest, the 6 daughters are 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, and 30.

Four hours. If the floor size is doubled, the area of the floor will be quadrupled

Time Will Tell

Picture a clock with the numbers 1-12 in the correct places.

Where would you draw a straight line to split the clockface in half in such a way that the sum of the numbers on one side of the line will equal the sum of the numbers on the other side of the line?

A group of kids got together and started a dog-walking business. They got lots of clients right away, so that when they all walked their dogs together, there were twelve heads and forty legs. How many kids and how many dogs were out walking?

Number and Math Play

The hours move ahead 3, 4, and 5 hours. The minutes move ahead 3, 4, and 5 minutes. The time WATCH E will show is 11:41, 6 hours and 6 minutes beyond 5:35.

What time is it?

What is the number missing from the following sequence?

By figuring out the relationship of these watch settings to one another, you should be able to determine what time will show up on Watch E.

WATCH A 5:23

WATCH B 8:26

WATCH C 12:30

WATCH D 5:35

WATCH E ______

tuesday, January 12th

wednesday, January 13th

In the equation below, replace each question mark with one of the four mathematical signs: +,-, ×, or ÷. Each sign can be used only once. Fill in the blanks to solve the equation. (Hint: the first sign is +.)

7 ? 5 ? 4 ? 7 ? 6 = 15

Number and Math Play

(7 + 5) ÷ 4 × 7 - 6 = 15

Lucy has landed on 15.

Logic

thursday, January 14th

Reasoning

friday, January 15th

When oh when?

Ken promised Ben today to tell him a big secret on the day before five days from the day after tomorrow. Today is Saturday, October 21. On what day and date will Ken tell Ben the secret?

Word and Letter Play

thursday, January 21st

1.drink or run

2.puff

3.match

4.fall or shine

5.shout or turn

6.burn

7.wear or dry

8.wait

9.feather

Which letter of the alphabet comes next?

A C F J O ____

Number and Math Play

Container E holds the fruit juice. The second customer can buy twice as much as the first customer if the first customer buys Containers A and C (for a total of 66 gallons) and the second customer buys Containers B, D, and F (for a total of 132 gallons). Therefore, the remaining container—E—must hold the fruit juice.

tuesday, january 19th

It will take you 99 seconds. Each cut, including the 99th, produces two pieces of ribbon.

You have 100 yards of ribbon on a spool, and you need 100 lengths of ribbon 1 yard long. It takes you 1 second to measure and cut each yard. How long will it take you to come up with the 100 pieces of ribbon?

Number and Math Play

wednesday, January 20th

Reasoning

friday, january 22nd

1. 54 Cards in a Deck (with Jokers)

2. 2 Wheels on a Bike

3. 5 Toes on a Foot

Word and Letter Play

monday, january 25th

1. The letter m

2. A river

tuesday, January 26th

1. A hole

2. The wind

Riddles

thursday, January 28th

A basket contains 5 apples. How can you divide them among 5 kids so that each one has a whole apple and one apple stays in the basket?

4 kids get an apple (one apple for each one of them) and the fifth kid gets the basket with the apple still in it.

Logic

A game wheel shows the numbers 1 to 36. Figure out on which 2-digit number Lucy has landed given the following facts:

The number is divisible by 3.

The sum of the digits in this number lies between 4 and 8.

It is an odd number.

When the digits in this number are multiplied together, the total lies between 4 and 8.

Ken will tell Ben the secret on Friday, October 27.

See if you can figure out and finish each of the following three-word expressions.

1.eat and ______________

2.huff and ______________

3.mix and ______________

4.rise and _______________

5.twist and ______________

6.slash and ______________

7.wash and ______________

8.watch and ______________

9.tar and _________________

A catering company sells large containers of iced tea and large containers of fruit juice. Right now the company has six containers, each holding the following amounts:

Container A: 30 quarts

Container B: 32 quarts

Container C: 36 quarts

Container D: 38 quarts

Container E: 40 quarts

Container F: 62 quarts

Five of the containers hold iced tea, and one container holds fruit juice.

Two customers come into the shop. The first customer buys two containers of iced tea. The second customer buys twice as much tea as the first customer. Which container is holding the fruit juice?

Logic

Lateral Thinking

Reasoning

monday, February 8th

wednesday, February 10th

Why would you bury a living person?

A man who lives on the tenth floor takes the elevator down to the first floor every morning and goes to work. In the evening, when he comes back; on a rainy day, or if there are other people in the elevator, he goes to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the seventh floor and walks up three flights of stairs to his apartment.

Can you explain why?

The man is of short stature. He can't reach the upper elevator buttons, but he can ask people to push them for him. He can also push them with his umbrella.

Tuesday, February 9th

If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?

If you take 2 apples, than you have of course 2.

If a brick that is half the weight is 1 kg, then a full brick would be 2 kg.

1:05

friday, February 12th

thursday, February 11th

The score before any hockey game should be 0:0, shouldn’t it?

At noon the hour, minute, and second hands coincide (meaning they all cross over each other) . In a little over one hour later the minute and hour hands will coincide again.

What is the exact time when this occurs?

Number and Math Play

One brick is one kilogram and half a brick heavy.

What is the weight of one brick?

Number and Math Play

monday, February 15th

Five children want a snack.

There is : an orange, a muffin, an apple, chocolate bread and raisin bread.

Hints :

- Michelle hates chocolate and oranges.

- Irène loves raisins.

- Pierre and Sarah don't want chocolate bread.

- Pierre and Jean are the only ones who like apples.

Question: What was their snack?.

A man transports a fox, a duck and corn in a boat.

The boat is only capable of transpoting himself and one of the other three with each crossing.

Question: How did he succeed in crossing them all without letting the fox eat the duck or the duck eat the corn?

wednesday, February 17th

He transports the duck.

He returns to get fox, transports fox but brings back duck.

He leaves duck on shore and crosses with corn.

He leaves corn with fox and returns to get duck.

tuesday, February 23rd

Reasoning

Pierre = apple,

Michelle = muffin,

Irene = raisin,

Jean = chocolate,

Sarah = orange

Logic

Math and Number Play

Figure out the mystery number:

- It's greater than one million but less than ten million.

- It's an even number.

- None of the digits is less than 3.

- No digit is used more than once.

- The sum of the digits in the ones period is 12.

- The digit in the ten thousands place is equal to the sum of the digits in the tens and hundreds places.

- The digit in the millions place is 2 more than the digit in the thousands place.

- The digit in the hundred thousands place is twice the digit in the tens place.

tuesday, February 16th

What is it?

9,687,534

1. muddy buddy

2. his quiz

friday, February 5th

The Banana Test

A coconut tree doesn't have bananas. Therefore no one will win.

Why can't a man living in the USA be buried in Canada?

One big hockey fan claimed to be able to say the score before any game. How did he do it?

Three women each have two daughters.

They are having lunch at a restaurant .

There are only seven chairs in the restaurant.

All the women are seated.

Question: How is this possible?

Friday, February 27th

Number and Math Play

Logic

28 days

A snail is at the bottom of a well. The well is thirty meters deep.

The snail advances three meters in one day.

During the night, the snail slides back two meters.

Question: How many days will it take the snail to reach the top of the well?

Monday, March 2nd

monday, February 29th

27 days

A lilypad doubles in size each day.

In 28 days, the lilypad will cover the entire pond.

Question : In how many days will the pond be half covered?

Logic

Grand-mother + her 2 daughters + their 2 daughters (1+2+4=7)

Logic

Logic

Tuesday, March 1st

A father promises to pay his son $5.00 for each correct answer he obtains in his math homework. For each incorrect answer, the son must pay his father $8.00

The boy answered twenty-six math questions. At the end, no money was exchanged. (Meaning the total was $0)

Question: How many correct and incorrect answers did he get?

wednesday, march 2nd

Logic

thursday, march 3rd

Marc's father says: "I will pay you $60.00 per hour for the 6 seconds you took to wash your hands before dinner."

Question : How much money will Marc receive?

thursday, march 10th

Logic

friday, march 4th

If a man and a half can catch a fish and a half in a day and a half...

Question : How many fish will six men catch in seven days.

A large rectangle(pen) in which are placed 3 smaller rectangles(pens).

Two pigs are placed in each small pen.

A farmer puts six pigs into four pens.

None of the pens are empty.

None of the pens contain an uneven number of pigs.

Question: How did he manage this?

Hint: Think outside of the box. Make a picture.

friday, march 11th

Logic

Logic

Roland, Marc and Pierre are three children in the same family.

Pierre is three times Marc's age.

In two years, he will be twice the age as Roland.

Roland is a year older than Marc.

Question: How old are the children?

$40.95

About 10 cents.

tuesday, march 8th

To paint two white lines dividing a road into three lanes costs $100.00

Question: What will it cost to paint lines dividing a road into six lanes?

16 correct, 10 incorrect

There are twelve socks in a drawer : six red socks and six blue socks.

The room is completely dark, you can not see.

Question : How many socks must you take from the drawer before ABSOLUTELY having either a pair of red socks or a pair of blue socks in hand?

Wednesday, march 9th

Reasoning

Marc = 4, Roland = 5, Pierre = 12

If five persons can sew five dresses in five days...

Question: How many persons can sew fifty dresses in fifty days?

28 Fish.

Five people

Logic

$250

3 Socks

Reasoning

Monday, march 7th

A blacksmith is going to put a horseshoe

The blacksmith charges ten dollars for his work.

The customer refuses to pay because he said it was too expensive.

"Very well", says the blacksmith, "there are three nails in each horse shoe.

The horse has four shoes. There are 12 nails in all.

I will ask you to pay one penny for the first nail, two pennies for the next nail, four pennies for the next nail, eight pennies for the next nail, sixteen pennies for the next, etc. until the 12th nail".

Question: How much did the customer end up paying?

Friday, march 18th

Grandfather

Father

Son

Logic

Gorillas

Three explorers and three gorillas want to cross a river.

Three explorers know how to row a boat.

Only one gorilla knows how to row a boat.

The boat can only hold two bodies (either people or gorillas) at one time.

If there are more gorillas on either side of the river at any one time, the gorillas will eat the explorers.

Question: How do they all manage to cross the river safely?

Tuesday, March 22nd

Two ducks sit in front of a duck, two ducks are behind a duck, one duck in the middle.

Question : How many ducks are there?

The doctor is a woman.

Wednesday, March 23rd

Logic

13112221 (Read the preceeding line : One 3, Two 1, three 2,)

Wednesday, March 16th

Wednesday, march 30th

Number and Math Play

A doctor in Paris has a brother in Toronto who is a lawyer.

The lawyer does not have a brother who is a doctor in Paris.

Question: How is this possible?

Two barrels contain each the same amount of water.

The water temperature in one barrel is 49° F while the other is at 29° F.

Two golf balls of same dimension and weight are dropped simultaneously into the barrels.

The golf balls are dropped from the same height.

Question: Which ball will touch bottom first?

Black = English - French - History

White = Math - Geography - French

Rust = English - Math - History

Monday, March 21st

Logic

Mr. White, Mr. Black and Mr. Rust are teachers.

There are five subjects to teach : English, French, math, history and geography.

Hints :

1) Mr. Black does not comprehend angles.

2) Mr. White is the only one who knows where the Rocky Mountains are located.

3) Each teacher teaches three subjects.

4) No subject is taught by three people.

5) Every subject except Geography is taught by two people.

6) Mr. Black is bilingual and can have conversations in many languages with Mr. White.

7) Mr. Rust knows his conjunction function.

Question : Who teaches what subjects? (Make a table)

Logic

They were ostrich, goose, fish, quail ..etc...eggs

1

11

21

1211

111221

312211

Question : What is the next sequence?

Tuesday, March 15th

Logic

Thursday, march 17th

Anne : 5 Goats

Michael: 7 goats

Anne and Michael each have goats.

Michael says to Anne : "If you give me one of your goats, I will have double of what you will have remaining".

Anne replies :"If you give me one of your goats, we will have exactly the same number of goats".

Question: How many goats do Anne and Michael have?

Two fathers and two sons each shoot a duck.

No one has shot the same duck.

Only three ducks have been shot.

Question : How is this possible ?

3 ducks

1. Explorer and gorilla cross.

2. Explorer returns, rowing gorilla gets in.

3.Explorer gets out. Rowing gorilla comes get an explorer who gets out.

4. Rowing gorilla comes get a gorilla who gets out.

5. Rowing gorilla. returns to get explorer; both get out.

Number and Math

Monday, March 14th

Eggs

A man ate an egg each day.

He did not have any chickens at home.

He never bought, borrowed or stole chicken eggs.

Question: How is this possible ?

Number and Math Play

Water freezes at 32 degrees F. Therefore, it will not reach the bottom of the second barrel.

Patterns

There are four scholastic awards: English, French, history and math. No one is awarded two prizes. The winners are Seth, Jack, Marc and Lisa.

Hints:

1) The boys fell asleep during the history test.

2) Jack and Marc had the same score in French.

3) Jack obtained a higher score in math than Marc.

4) The winning results in French and math were the same.

5) Marc scored one point less in English than Lisa in history.

6) Lisa failed the two languages.

Question : Who won which prize ?

friday, april 1st

Seth = French,

Marc = English,

Jack = Math,

Lisa = History

Logic

monday, april 4th

In a school, three rings of a bell indicate recess time.

Most of the students try to get from their classroom to the playground before the third ring of the bell.

There is a ten second break between each ring.

If two seconds are used to store their books...

Question : How much time is available to reach the school yard before the third bell ?

Math and Number Play

18 Seconds

tuesday, December 15th

Number and Math Play

8 spiders, 12 insects

Spiders and Insects

Once the spiders and the insects played a game of tag. To be fair, the insects were allowed to have more members on their team, because an insect has fewer legs than a spider. (As you know, a spider has eight legs, while an insect has only six.) Altogether, there were 20 heads and 136 legs in the game.

How many insects were playing? How many spiders?

wednesday, December 16th

Number and Math Play

7 rows. 8 cartons in the bottom row, 2 in the top.

Stack 'Em Up

Kenny had an after-school job at the Pet Food Emporium. His boss told him to stack 35 cartons of dog food so that each row of cartons would have one more than the row above it. How many rows of cartons did Kenny have when he was finished?

Number and Math Play

7 + 7 ÷ 7 + 7 = 9

7 ÷ 7 + 7 + 7 = 15

7 ÷ 7 + 7 × 7 = 56

7 × 7 + 7 + 7 = 63

7 + 7 × 7 - 7 = 91

7 + 7 + 7 × 7 = 147

7 × 7 - 7 × 7 = 294

Super Sevens

For each of the seven rows, insert the mathematical symbols (+, -, ÷, ×) that will make the equation correct for someone calculating from left to right. Here's an example with the symbols already inserted:

7 × 7 - 7 ÷ 7 = 6

7 7 7 7 = 294

7 7 7 7 = 9 7 7 7 7 = 15

7 7 7 7 = 56 7 7 7 7 = 147

7 7 7 7 = 63 7 7 7 7 = 91

thursday, december 17th

The first wall has 25 bricks. The second wall has 100 bricks — four times as many. So it will take four times as long — that is, four minutes.

friday, December 18th

Number and Math Play

The Wall

If the Jones twins can build a wall five bricks long and five bricks high in 1 minute, how long will it take them to build a wall ten bricks long and ten bricks high?

Number and Math Play

Teaming Up

In Ms. Quimby's class, everyone plays on a team. There are five more soccer players than baseball players. There are three more students on the track team than on the baseball team. There are two more football players than hockey players. There are three more students on the track team than on the football team. The number of baseball and football players equals 8.

How many players are on each team? How many students are there in the class?

Baseball - 4

Football - 4

Track - 7

Soccer - 9

Hockey - 2

Class Total: 26

Friday, December 19th

It's now nine o'clock in the evening.

Tuesday, January 5th

Number and Math Play

Time Puzzle

Two hours ago, it was as many hours after one o'clock in the afternoon as it was before one o'clock in the morning.

What time is it now?

Riddles

wednesday, January 27th

1. a towel

2. The horse's name was Friday

Logic

Monday, February 2nd

Figure out the rhyming pair of words for each clue. Ex. place where a small rodent lives (mouse house)

1. baseball player who just got a raise

2. an improved symbol of the alphabet

1. A richer pitcher

2. A better letter

There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are 4 animals: a lion, a chimp, a giraffe, and a squirrel. They decide to compete to see who is the fastest to get a banana off the tree. Who do you think will win?

Logic

Logic

thursday, march 31st

Rabbits cross.

She returns to get dogs.

She crosses dogs and returns with rabbits.

She leaves rabbits and crosses with lettuce.

She returns to get rabbits.

A woman has two dogs, three rabbits and lettuce.

She must cross a river.

The dingy is unable to transport all in one crossing.

If she transported the dogs, the rabbits would eat the lettuce.

If she transported the lettuce, the dogs would eat the rabbits.

Question: How is she able to transport them all safely?

"My husband's age," remarked a lady the other day, "is represented by the numbers of my own age reversed.

He is older, and the difference between our ages is one-eleventh of their sum."

Question : How old are they?

Math and Number Play

tuesday, april 5th

Husband - 54

Wife - 45

Solve the following brain teasers. All are common phrases or things in daily life.

Ex. 24 H in a D

Ans. 24 hours in a day

1. 54 C in a D (with J)

2. 2 W on a B

3. 5 T on a F

1. What am I?

I come once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years.

What am I?

2. I always run, but never walk. I have a bed, but I don't sleep. I have a mouth, but I don't eat.

1. What am I?

When you put this in a heavy wooden box, the box will become lighter.

2. What am I?

You hear my sound, you feel me when I move. But see me you never will.

1. What am I?

The more I dry, the wetter I get.

2. How?

A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays two days and then leaves on Saturday. How can this be?

Figure out the rhyming pair of words for each clue. Ex. place where a small rodent lives (mouse house)

1. a friend who fell in wet dirt

2. a boy's test

Figure out the rhyming pair of words for each clue. Ex. place where a small rodent lives (mouse house)

1. a big person who doesn't enjoy Christmas

2. a hog's hair piece