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?
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.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
A brief article written for pupils about mathematical symbols.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
This is an adding game for two players.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
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!
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
A number game requiring a strategy.
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
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?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
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?
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
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?
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?
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?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?