Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their counters?
Max and Mandy put their number lines together to make a graph. How
far had each of them moved along and up from 0 to get the counter
to the place marked?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was
Annie's secret number?
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).
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers
on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres.
Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems.
Can you discover its value in each problem?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
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?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
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?
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
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
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
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most