Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8
heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Max and Mandy put their number lines together to make a graph. How
far had each of them moved along and up from 0 to get the counter
to the place marked?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the
numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the
rule for giving another set of six numbers?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
This is an adding game for two players.
There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres.
Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.
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.
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now
multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems.
Can you discover its value in each problem?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they
usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many
altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Investigate this balance which is marked in halves. If you had a
weight on the left-hand 7, where could you hang two weights on the
right to make it balance?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range
in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact
ages from the clues?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
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?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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.
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.
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
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?
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!
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?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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.
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
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?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?
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?
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?
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?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?