Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
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?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?