Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
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?
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.
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?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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 task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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.
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?
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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. A sequence of
words is formed by following certain rules. What do you notice when
you count the letters in each word?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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?
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?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and
lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children
buy with their money?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
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 two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
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.
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?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.