The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

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?

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

Can you arrange the digits 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 into three 3-digit numbers such that their total is close to 1500?

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?

In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

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?

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

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.

What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?

A church hymn book contains 700 hymns. The numbers of the hymns are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit boards. What is the minimum number of small boards that is needed?

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

Number problems for inquiring primary learners.

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

You have two sets of the digits 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make four-digit numbers as close to the target numbers as possible?

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.

Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?

Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?

There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

How many more miles must the car travel before the numbers on the milometer and the trip meter contain the same digits in the same order?

When asked how old she was, the teacher replied: My age in years is not prime but odd and when reversed and added to my age you have a perfect square...

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?

Take the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and imagine them written down in every possible order to give 5 digit numbers. Find the sum of the resulting numbers.

Four strategy dice games to consolidate pupils' understanding of rounding.

Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit answer. . . .