Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
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
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
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?
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?
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.
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
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!
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 15.
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!
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?
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?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
This big box adds something to any number that goes into it. If you know the numbers that come out, what addition might be going on in the box?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
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 aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?