Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was
Annie's secret number?
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the
same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers
on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the
number line first?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have
12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his
cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the
boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many
puzzles and books Santa left.
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him
next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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?
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to
help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to
use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most
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!
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates