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
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Annie cut this numbered cake into 3 pieces with 3 cuts so that the
numbers on each piece added to the same total. Where were the cuts
and what fraction of the whole cake was each piece?
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.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now
multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
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!
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.
Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to
find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's
finishing position was.
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
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?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the
four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?
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?
Find out why these matrices are magic. Can you work out how they were made? Can you make your own Magic Matrix?
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.
What is the largest number you can make using the three digits 2, 3
and 4 in any way you like, using any operations you like? You can
only use each digit once.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres.
Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the
faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers
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
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the
bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
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?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
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.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?