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?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
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.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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?
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 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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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?
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?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.
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?
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!
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.
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
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?
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?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.