Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
On Friday the magic plant was only 2 centimetres tall. Every day it doubled its height. How tall was it on Monday?
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.
Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
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?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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 Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
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?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?