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. They are the
red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the
numbers in the sets from these clues?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six
times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross
the times table too?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
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.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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?
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
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?
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.
"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 ...?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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.