Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
A variant on the game Alquerque