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?
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?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
"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?
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?
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?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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.
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.
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?