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?

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

Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.

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?

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

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

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

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

This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

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?

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?

Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.

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.

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

Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?

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?

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

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.

Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.

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

Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?

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?

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

There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

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

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

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?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?

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

In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?

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?

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

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?

Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?