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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?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. 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?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
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.
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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 complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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 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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
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?
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?
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 article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?