Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next
to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M.
What order were they in?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4
units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different
cuboids can you make?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more
and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles
together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can
be fitted together?