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?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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.
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?
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!
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
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?
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?
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 your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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!
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
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?