# Problem Solving

## Using & Applying - Number Properties 2

It is quite a while since we first posted details of our first 'Number Properties' activity (Using and Applying: Number Properties). That particular resource has always proven very popular and we have often been asked if we intended to produce more. Read more »

## 3 Bottles - Capacity Problems

Here's a unique Problem Solving activity set in a meaningful context.

This is another from our mathsticks+ member, Jason. He explains that it was designed to offer challenge to his Y4 class. The activity enabled them to solve a range of problems and discuss the strategies they used.

Basically the children have a series of cards with capacities indicated on them. Here's a sample: Read more »

## Gas Meter Place Value

This superb resource was contributed by one of our mathsticks members, Jason.

The maths activity offers a 'real life' context for place value. The children are presented with a series of clues which lead to specific numbers. These numbers represent meter readings and part of the challenge is for the children to accurately enter the numbers onto an analogue and a digital recording sheet. Read more »

## Christmas Party Planning

It's Party Time!

Here's a party planning booklet that was originally devised by a student teacher. The children suddenly find they are the host of a Christmas party. They have to plan a Christmas event by selecting food, table crackers, entertainment and a party location from a range of options. The party has to suit a particular number of people and fit within a specific budget. Read more »

## Rocket Race Dice Game

Just when you thought it was safe to put the dice back in the tin we are back with yet another Dice Game. In fact, this one just missed out on being included in our Dice Games eBook - but the children who tested it out for us really enjoyed it so we decided to post it in any case. Read more »

## Mental Mondays #21

Here's a versatile idea that helps children use and apply their knowledge of fractions or percentages in a surprisingly fun way. You begin by showing the children something that appears to be a word puzzle, but actually contains some covert mathematics. Read more »

## Number Logic MiniBooks

Here we have taken the Addition puzzles from Mental Monday's #19 and turned them into a series of mini booklets. This makes them ideal for children to work through at their own pace (perfect for the end of term), they could also be used as 'registration activities', or as a homework project. Read more »