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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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.
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?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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 fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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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?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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.
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?
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?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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 what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?
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?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?