Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
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?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number.
Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this
process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?
This is an adding game for two players.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and
multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the
difference between these products. Why?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
In this game the winner is the first to complete a row of three. Are some squares easier to land on than others?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the
numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the
rule for giving another set of six numbers?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
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
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page...
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
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?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy
pyramid whose top number is 200.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns
numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make
141 414 turn around?
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
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!