An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
This article for teachers describes a project which explores thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
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?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
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?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
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?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Reasoning based on this Japanese activity.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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.
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?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
How many legs do each of these creatures have? How many pairs is that?
Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
What could these drawings, found in a cave in Spain, represent?
How could you estimate the number of pencils/pens in these pictures?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
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?
Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?
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?
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?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
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.
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Some children were playing a game. Make a graph or picture to show how many ladybirds each child had.
25 students are queuing in a straight line. How many are there between Julia and Jenny?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
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?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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.
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
"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 follow the rule to decode the messages?