This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.

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

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?

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

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

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's finishing position was.

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?

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

On Friday the magic plant was only 2 centimetres tall. Every day it doubled its height. How tall was it on Monday?

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

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?

On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how many lemons there are?

Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?

This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?

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.

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?

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.

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?

Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?

Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

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?

This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.

Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?

If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?

Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.

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

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?

Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?

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

Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?

Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?

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

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

Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

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

Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?

In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.

Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.

This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.

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?

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?

Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all numbers. What is it?

After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?