An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

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?

Benâ€™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?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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.

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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.

Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

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.

How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?

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?

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?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

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.

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?

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

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?

The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

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?

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

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?

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?

Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.

What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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?

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.

Can you find what the last two digits of the number $4^{1999}$ are?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?

The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50 times. What is the value of the digit M?