There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .

The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

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?

In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

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.

Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?

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 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.

There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?

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?

Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.

These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?

Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?

Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).

Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.

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?

As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

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.

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

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 possible?

Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?

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?

Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?

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?

Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?

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?

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 properties?

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

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?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

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?

Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?

The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?

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?