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?
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?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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?
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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?
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?
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received 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.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
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.
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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
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?
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?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
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 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?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.