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.
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
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?
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.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
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?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below 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?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
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 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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
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?
In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st,
2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice
about the answers?
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.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
Start with four numbers at the corners of a square and put the
total of two corners in the middle of that side. Keep going... Can
you estimate what the size of the last four numbers will be?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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?
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?
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!
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
Investigate this balance which is marked in halves. If you had a weight on the left-hand 7, where could you hang two weights on the right to make it balance?