Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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.
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.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
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.
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?
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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!
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?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
"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 ...?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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 two numbers?