Would you rather: Have 10% of Â£5 or 75% of 80p? Be given 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas?
Find the exact difference between the largest ball and the smallest ball on the Hepta Tree and then use this to work out the MAGIC NUMBER!
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
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 put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
This set of activities focuses on ordering, an important aspect of place value.
In this article, Alf outlines six activities using the Gattegno chart, which help to develop understanding of place value, multiplication and division.
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
This article for pupils explores what makes numbers special or lucky, and looks at the numbers that are all around us every day.
Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
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?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Use the fraction wall to compare the size of these fractions - you'll be amazed how it helps!
In this simulation of a balance, you can drag numbers and parts of number sentences on to the trays. Have a play!
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
A political commentator summed up an election result. Given that there were just four candidates and that the figures quoted were exact find the number of votes polled for each candidate.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
How will you complete these interactive Venn diagrams?
Without doing lots of calculations, can you decide which of these number sentences are true? How do you know?
Look at some of the results from the Olympic Games in the past. How do you compare if you try some similar activities?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
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?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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.
Suppose you had to begin the never ending task of writing out the natural numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... and so on. What would be the 1000th digit you would write down.
A number card game for 2-6 players.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Max and Bryony both have a box of sweets. What do you know about the number of sweets they each have?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Pick two rods of different colours. Given an unlimited supply of rods of each of the two colours, how can we work out what fraction the shorter rod is of the longer one?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
From a group of any 4 students in a class of 30, each has exchanged Christmas cards with the other three. Show that some students have exchanged cards with all the other students in the class. How. . . .
Some of the numbers have fallen off Becky's number line. Can you figure out what they were?
Look at the changes in results on some of the athletics track events at the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948. Compare the results for 2012.
There are lots of ideas to explore in these sequences of ordered fractions.
How many ways can you write the word EUROMATHS by starting at the top left hand corner and taking the next letter by stepping one step down or one step to the right in a 5x5 array?