Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

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?

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?

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?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

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

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

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

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

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

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?

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?

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?

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 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?

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

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.

"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 ...?

When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

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?

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

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

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

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

I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2. Can you find my number?

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

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

I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?

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

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?