What do you notice about these squares of numbers? What is the same? What is different?
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?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
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?
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.
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
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.
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
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?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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?
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?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
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 work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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.
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?
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?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?