Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
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?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What is the smallest number with exactly 14 divisors?
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?
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.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and
once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of
the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these 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?
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
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.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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.
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.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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.
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.
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of
adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain
why and prove it?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?