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Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the number sentences to work out what they are?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.