How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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?
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?
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?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
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?
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them
flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second.
How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
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 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?
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?
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.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
"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 to work on with others.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?