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?
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?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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. . . .
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Using the 8 dominoes make a square where each of the columns and rows adds up to 8
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
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. . . .
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
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?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
How is it possible to predict the card?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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?
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?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
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.
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?
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
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. . . .
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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.
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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.
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.
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?
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?
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
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?