Special clue numbers related to the difference between numbers in two adjacent cells and values of the stars in the "constellation" make this a doubly interesting problem.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
The country Sixtania prints postage stamps with only three values 6 lucres, 10 lucres and 15 lucres (where the currency is in lucres).Which values cannot be made up with combinations of these postage. . . .
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
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.
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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"?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
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?
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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. . . .
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
How is it possible to predict the card?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
An account of some magic squares and their properties and and how to construct them for yourself.
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page...
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
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.
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.
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
In this game the winner is the first to complete a row of three. Are some squares easier to land on than others?
What is the largest number you can make using the three digits 2, 3 and 4 in any way you like, using any operations you like? You can only use each digit once.
A brief article written for pupils about mathematical symbols.