Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was
Annie's secret number?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 15.
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the
same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
This is an adding game for two players.
This big box adds something to any number that goes into it. If you know the numbers that come out, what addition might be going on in the box?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their counters?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog.
Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs.
She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap.
How many biscuits did each dog get?
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have
12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his
cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers
on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals
of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to
help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to
use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.