Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
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?
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?
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
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?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on the flower?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.
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.
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
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?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
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?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins add to 7?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.