On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length
of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
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?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four
squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other
totals can you make?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful
spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
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 your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was
Annie's secret number?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework.
After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do
this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
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?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 15.
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.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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?
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?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
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?
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. . . .
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number
of dots on each side.
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
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
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths.
Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not
using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in
whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group.
Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins
to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What
happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you
change the position of the jigsaws?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged
the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same
total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns
numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make
141 414 turn around?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.