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?
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!
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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 that tests your understanding of remainders.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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 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?"
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?
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.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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
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?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?
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?
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.
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.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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.
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
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 three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
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.