For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
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?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
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.
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once.
Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock
face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions
differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that
the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three
numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to. . . .
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page.
Circle any number on the top row, put a line through the other
numbers that are in the same row and column as your circled number.
Repeat. . . .
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
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?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy
pyramid whose top number is 200.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.
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.
In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six
distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with
digits so that the arithmetic is correct.
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.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
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?
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
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
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
Find the numbers in this sum
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Whenever two chameleons of different colours meet they change
colour to the third colour. Describe the shortest sequence of
meetings in which all the chameleons change to green if you start
with 12. . . .
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they
usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many
altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?