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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

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.

Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?

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

Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten. Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .

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?

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?

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

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

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

Can you show that 1^99 + 2^99 + 3^99 + 4^99 + 5^99 is divisible by 5?

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

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

Powers of numbers behave in surprising ways. Take a look at some of these and try to explain why they are true.

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.

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

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Number problems at primary level that may require determination.

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

Number problems for inquiring primary learners.

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?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .

The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?

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?

Take any four digit number. Move the first digit to the 'back of the queue' and move the rest along. Now add your two numbers. What properties do your answers always have?

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

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.

32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

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

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?

Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

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?

Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?

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?

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?