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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears,
yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways
could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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!
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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 is an adding game for two players.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to 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!
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do it?
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?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and
the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you
measure and how?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
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?
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?
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?
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!
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
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?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.