An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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.
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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 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?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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!
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.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
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 calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
"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 ...?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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.