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 is an adding game for two players.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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 these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was
Annie's secret number?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the
sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square
of another, larger, number.
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 two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
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
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
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 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.