This is the self-checking pupil version of Pyramid Puzzle. The projectable Starter version is here.

Pyramid Puzzle

Put the numbers 1 to 5 in the bottom row of this pyramid. They can be arranged in any order. The numbers in the other bricks are found by adding the two bricks immediately below together.

What arrangement of the numbers 1 to 5 in the bottom row gives at the top of the pyramid?

A pyramid puzzle worksheet is available here

Claire Erving, Clapham

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"Loved this starter - worked for a wide range of ages and abilities. I also extended it by getting the pupils to multiply - though you do get an answer in millions!"

Emma, Australia

Friday, January 11, 2013

"I love this puzzle and the extension! My Year 8's are going to love this :) Thank you!!"

Ann, London

Monday, January 4, 2021

"What's the smallest number that you can make at the top of the pyramid ?
What's the biggest number that you can make at the top of the pyramid ?"

Miguel Melchor,

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

"Great puzzle, had my friends and I guessing for a while! Very fun :)."


Friday, May 28, 2021

"An amazing game! It is a fun way to teach my Year sevens this part of the curriculum! Thank You!"

Lexi, New Zealand

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

"This puzzle is a great way to get your brain working."

Mrs, McAvoy

Thursday, June 22, 2023

"Super activity. I started with just 4 on the base for my weaker students and let them focus on permutations. For my most able students I pushed them towards algebra to prove they had found the biggest top vale."

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