Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
"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 ...?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
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?
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.
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
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?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?