During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length
of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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
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!
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework.
After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do
this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs
exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how
many lemons there are?
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?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do 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.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use
numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden
under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
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?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
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?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
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!
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number
system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a
look at the multiplications table.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
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
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
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?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
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.
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?
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.