Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
This big box adds something to any number that goes into it. If you know the numbers that come out, what addition might be going on in the box?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. A sequence of words is formed by following certain rules. What do you notice when you count the letters in each word?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
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?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American Flag magic square.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
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?
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?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact ages from the clues?
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.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
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?
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?