How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
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"?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
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?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
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
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?
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?
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
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?
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how
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 how this card trick works?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals
of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that
every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!