Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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 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?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
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?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework. After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how many lemons there are?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
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?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Annie cut this numbered cake into 3 pieces with 3 cuts so that the numbers on each piece added to the same total. Where were the cuts and what fraction of the whole cake was each piece?
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.
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
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.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
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 value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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!
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 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?