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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This is an adding game for two players.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Find the numbers in this sum
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
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.
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
If you wrote all the possible four digit numbers made by using each of the digits 2, 4, 5, 7 once, what would they add up to?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
You have four jugs of 9, 7, 4 and 2 litres capacity. The 9 litre jug is full of wine, the others are empty. Can you divide the wine into three equal quantities?
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page...
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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 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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.