Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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?
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
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?
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?
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.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
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?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?
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?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?