Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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.
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?
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 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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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
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.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged
the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same
total. What was the total and how could this be done?
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.
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!
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
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!
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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?
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?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
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?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
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?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the
labels. Can you help relabel them?
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation
strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most