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?
There are a number of coins on a table.
One quarter of the coins show heads.
If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
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!
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
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.
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.
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
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?
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?
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.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?