There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding,
subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and
8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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 activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
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.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
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.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 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?
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?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
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. . . .
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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 arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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?
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 replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
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?
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?
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the
operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest
whole number you can make?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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 work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?