Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
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
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
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.
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?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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!
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
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?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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.
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
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,. . . .
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.
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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.
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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?
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime
numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all
numbers. What is it?
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?