For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
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?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
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?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
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?
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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.
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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 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?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals
of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone
numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a
sequence adding 2 each time?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one
behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it.
Can you work out the missing numbers?
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.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
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?
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 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!
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
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?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?