This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this
grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the
number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them
flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second.
How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
You can make a calculator count for you by any number you choose.
You can count by ones to reach 24. You can count by twos to reach
24. What else can you count by to reach 24?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts
4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you
explain your findings?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look
like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long
and how wide is my square?
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?
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.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil
off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same
way without taking your pen off?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
"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 ...?
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?