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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
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?
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
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!
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
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?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
"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 ...?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
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?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.