The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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!
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
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.
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?
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?
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?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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.
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
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?
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?