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?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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.
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?
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?"
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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 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?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
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.
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.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of
the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
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.