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.
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?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using
a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How
can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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!
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface
area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you
find them all?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter
of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to
Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
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.
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?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a
factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and
16 is a factor of 48.
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?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3
digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits
you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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?
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six
times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross
the times table too?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
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?