Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
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. . . .
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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.
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?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
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?
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.
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?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
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.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
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?
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?
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?
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 the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
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
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
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?
Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the
bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?
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.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the
labels. Can you help relabel them?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?