Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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!
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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
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?