Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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!
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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.
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?
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
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?
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.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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 the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
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?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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.
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.
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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 this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
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?