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!
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
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. . . .
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the 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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four
squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other
totals can you make?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?
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?
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 article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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.
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?
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.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?