Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
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.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers
on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the
number line first?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
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!
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could
be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different
combinations of these can you find?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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?