Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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!
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?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .
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?
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.
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
Throughout these challenges, the touching faces of any adjacent dice must have the same number. Can you find a way of making the total on the top come to each number from 11 to 18 inclusive?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.