How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
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?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
You can make a calculator count for you by any number you choose.
You can count by ones to reach 24. You can count by twos to reach
24. What else can you count by to reach 24?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
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.
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
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.
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?
"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 ...?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either
sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be
behind each chair?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
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 make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
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.
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?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?