Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
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.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and
lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children
buy with their money?
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?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins
to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
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?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
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?
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!
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?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how
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?
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?
Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
This is an adding game for two players.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. A sequence of
words is formed by following certain rules. What do you notice when
you count the letters in each word?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one
behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it.
Can you work out the missing numbers?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it.
How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in
each pile was 15?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?