Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
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
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
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?
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?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
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?
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Try grouping the dominoes in the ways described. Are there any left
over each time? Can you explain why?
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below 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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
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?
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.
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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 these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
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?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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.
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?
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!
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?
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?