Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin
patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a
square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
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!
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
"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 ...?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either
sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be
behind each chair?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
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?
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?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look
like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long
and how wide is my square?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?