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?
Ann thought of 5 numbers and told Bob all the sums that could be made by adding the numbers in pairs. The list of sums is 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10,10, 11, 12. Help Bob to find out which numbers Ann was. . . .
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
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?
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 design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
There are exactly 3 ways to add 4 odd numbers to get 10. Find all the ways of adding 8 odd numbers to get 20. To be sure of getting all the solutions you will need to be systematic. What about. . . .
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
How is it possible to predict the card?
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
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?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact ages from the clues?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Investigate the totals you get when adding numbers on the diagonal of this pattern in threes.
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
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?
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?
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make 141 414 turn around?
Can you go through this maze so that the numbers you pass add to exactly 100?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
This is an adding game for two players.
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.
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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?