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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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 see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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.
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?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?