Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decided to decorate the
honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's
pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?
Don't get rid of your old calendars! You can get a lot more
mathematical mileage out of them before they are thrown away. These
activities, using cut up dates from the calendar, provide numbers
to. . . .
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
How would you create the largest possible two-digit even number from the digit I've given you and one of your choice?
Some children have been doing different tasks. Can you see who was the winner?
Can you work out the domino pieces which would go in the middle in
each case to complete the pattern of these eight sets of 3
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had
made the highest even number?
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Find the exact difference between the largest ball and the smallest
ball on the Hepta Tree and then use this to work out the MAGIC
Would you rather: Have 10% of £5 or 75% of 80p? Be given 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.
Use the fraction wall to compare the size of these fractions -
you'll be amazed how it helps!
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four
squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other
totals can you make?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What
happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you
change the position of the jigsaws?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing
couldn't be fun?