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.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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 see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
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.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
There are a number of coins on a table.
One quarter of the coins show heads.
If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
"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 ...?
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?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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 can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.