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

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?

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

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?

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

Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

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

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?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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.

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?

"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?

Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.

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

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?

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

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?

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?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

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.

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

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.

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

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

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?