Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
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.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?
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.
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?
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
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 digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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?
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this 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.
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
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!
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
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?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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?
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
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?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?