Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
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!
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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 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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
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?
This investigates one particular property of number by looking closely at an example of adding two odd numbers together.
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?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
A brief article written for pupils about mathematical symbols.
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
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?
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
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?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Investigate the totals you get when adding numbers on the diagonal of this pattern in threes.
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins add to 7?
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?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.