This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how
long the race was from the information?
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?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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?
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple
on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple
and the weights from the picture?
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs
exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how
many lemons there are?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a
quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of
this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework.
After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do
this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
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?
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?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125 If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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!
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. . . .
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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.
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 find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to
ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the
latest developments and questions.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
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
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
After training hard, these two children have improved their
results. Can you work out the length or height of their first
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.