Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
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
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not
using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in
whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
Susie took cherries out of a bowl by following a certain pattern.
How many cherries had there been in the bowl to start with if she
was left with 14 single ones?
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What
happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you
change the position of the jigsaws?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American
Flag magic square.
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the
faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding,
subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and
8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
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?
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?
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?
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
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns
numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make
141 414 turn around?
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range
in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact
ages from the clues?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that
every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side
has eight dots.
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems.
Can you discover its value in each problem?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
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.
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
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.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog.
Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs.
She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap.
How many biscuits did each dog get?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
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?
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look
the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?