Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try
to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks.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 lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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. . . .
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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.
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
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 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 require careful consideration.
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Ben’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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
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?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?