How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
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?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that
is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on
differently sized square grids.
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?
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. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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!
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
"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 ...?
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?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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.
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.
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?