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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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....?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
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?
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!
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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 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?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.