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!
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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.
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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 how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
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?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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?
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?
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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?
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
"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 ...?
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.