Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the 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.
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?
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.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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?
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?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look
like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long
and how wide is my square?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. 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?
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?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
"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 ...?
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 sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.