Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
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.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
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?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
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?
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
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
"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 ...?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?