How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?
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.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you go through this maze so that the numbers you pass add to exactly 100?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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.
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?
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?