Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine
you had nothing to lose...
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
After training hard, these two children have improved their
results. Can you work out the length or height of their first
Annie cut this numbered cake into 3 pieces with 3 cuts so that the
numbers on each piece added to the same total. Where were the cuts
and what fraction of the whole cake was each piece?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a
quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems.
Can you discover its value in each problem?
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
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
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.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
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.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Find another number that is one short of a square number and when
you double it and add 1, the result is also a square number.
On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the
four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres.
Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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 the information to work out how many gifts there are in each
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
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?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125 If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷)
to make these digits come to 100.
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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate
eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person
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.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many
sheep there are in each field.
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
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?
Mathematicians are always looking for efficient methods for solving problems. How efficient can you be?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3
digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits
you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?