Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin
patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a
square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this
grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the
number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them
flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second.
How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?