Welcome to Mathelona and our unique series of number puzzles which are now available in pocket book format.


Like many new ideas, our popular number puzzle started life many years ago on scraps of paper and nearly became a wooden board game, but eventually progressed to become an app in 2011.

The updated version now appears as one of our regular daily challenges at and you may have seen it posted on twitter by yours truly.

The Mathelona Pocket Book

MathelonaPBookCoverOur very latest publication is our Mathelona pocket book of holiday challenges.

The first in our series, Vol.1, contains 28 different number puzzles and has primarily been designed for children to use at home, ideally with parental involvement, to improve their arithmetic skills.

Our challenges are perfect to sharpen logic skills, concentration and resilience.  They are, of course, also attractive as a good test for the puzzle enthusiast.

A typical Mathelona challenge can be seen below.

The Mathelona pocket book is a useful travel companion on long journeys in the car, bus, train and aeroplane.  The challenges are also great to try during holiday periods so children can keep on top of their mathematical thinking, whether it be in the caravan, at the holiday cottage, on the beach or by the pool.

Retailing at just £3.99, you can invest in a copy by simply sending us an e-mail.

Mathelona Challenges

As a taster for you, a typical Mathelona challenge is re-produced here. It’s the one seen on the front cover and also the example shown on Page 3 of the book with guidance on how to solve.

Why not have a go?

  • Insert 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4 5 6 into the gaps below to make the three lines work out:

◯  +  ◯   =    3    =   ◯  –  ◯
◯  +  ◯   =    4    =   ◯  ×  ◯
◯  +  ◯   =    5    =   ◯  ÷  ◯

Answers are provided in the book. Have you solved this one yet? Get in touch for the solution.

Skills Required

mathelonabookThis type of arithmetical exercise is perfect for children (and adults) aged 7 years and above as it is essential they have a good basic knowledge of the four operations when progressing through primary school.

Mathelona reinforces this in a fun and challenging way; you will undoubtedly see children’s skills improve the more challenges they try.  This traditional method of learning also enables confidence and creativity to flourish throughout their educational life.

Purchase for School or Home

Whether you wish to invest in our pocket book with the aim of improving arithmetic and logic skills in school, or simply for a bit of number fun at home, it has been widely recognised that attempting our Mathelona challenges can enhance problem-solving, reasoning, concentration and mathematical resilience as well as encouraging independent learning.

Simply get in touch with us direct to order a copy for £3.99 plus P&P.

Private Tuition Sessions

It’s also strongly advised that private maths tutors use Mathelona as part of their sessions; either as a fun starter, a confidence-builder, as part of a diagnostic screening procedure or even as a homework exercise.

I’ve been told by tutors that they have learned so much about their students when observing them tackling these challenges.

Future Editions

The 2nd volume of our series of pocket books has already been developed. It contains 28 further challenges, and it is hoped to publish it sometime during 2019.

Enjoy Mathelona!