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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square
hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs
of each colour there are in the box.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
"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 ...?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?