How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
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?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.