Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
This article for pupils explores what makes numbers special or lucky, and looks at the numbers that are all around us every day.
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.
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Can you find a path from a number at the top of this network to the bottom which goes through each number from 1 to 9 once and once only?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
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?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Daisy and Akram were making number patterns. Daisy was using beads that looked like flowers and Akram was using cube bricks. First they were counting in twos.
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
How many legs do each of these creatures have? How many pairs is that?
In this problem, we're investigating the number of steps we would climb up or down to get out of or into the swimming pool. How could you number the steps below the water?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
How could you estimate the number of pencils/pens in these pictures?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Ruth Trundley outlines her doctoral research and concludes that development of an understanding of cardinality is a crucial element of counting that can be overlooked.
Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
A number game requiring a strategy.
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number she wrote?
25 students are queuing in a straight line. How many are there between Julia and Jenny?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decorated the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?
Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Some children were playing a game. Make a graph or picture to show how many ladybirds each child had.
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Helen Joyce interviews the neuropsychologist Brian Butterworth whose research has shown that we are all born with a "built-in" sense of cardinal number.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?