Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
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.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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. . . .
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.
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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
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,. . . .
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which
route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
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?
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!
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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?
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!
Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is
divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a
5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?
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?
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 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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
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?
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?