Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
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?
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?
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 group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
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 dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
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?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
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?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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.
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?
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.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
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!