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!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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 for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
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 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?
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?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
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?
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?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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...
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.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 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.
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?"
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.
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?