Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be behind each chair?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give each set a name?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?