Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
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 work out some different ways to balance this equation?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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 see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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.
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.
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?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
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?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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 the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.