Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?

Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.

Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?

Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?

Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.

The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?

In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?

Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?

There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

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?

The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.

Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?

Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?

Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.

There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.

Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?

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

Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?