This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
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?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
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?
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?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
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?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
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?
One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?