Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
There are a number of coins on a table.
One quarter of the coins show heads.
If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go
round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either
sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be
behind each chair?
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?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain
which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that
is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on
differently sized square grids.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is
divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a
5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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.
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking
if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new
rhythm at the same time?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look
like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long
and how wide is my square?