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!
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.
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?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
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?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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 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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
"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 ...?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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 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?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.