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 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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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.
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?
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
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?
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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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.
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?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
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.
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 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.
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?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?