Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Can you find a path from a number at the top of this network to the bottom which goes through each number from 1 to 9 once and once only?
Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decided to decorate the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
"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 ...?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Daisy and Akram were making number patterns. Daisy was using beads that looked like flowers and Akram was using cube bricks. First they were counting in twos.
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
How many legs do each of these creatures have? How many pairs is that?
How could you estimate the number of pencils/pens in these pictures?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
What could these drawings, found in a cave in Spain, represent?
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?
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
25 students are queuing in a straight line. How many are there between Julia and Jenny?
Some children were playing a game. Make a graph or picture to show how many ladybirds each child had.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
In this problem, we're investigating the number of steps we would climb up or down to get out of or into the swimming pool. How could you number the steps below the water?
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Helen Joyce interviews the neuropsychologist Brian Butterworth whose research has shown that we are all born with a "built-in" sense of cardinal number.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?