Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
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!
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do it?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
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 each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
This is an adding game for two players.
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
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.
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.