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. . . .
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
Consider all of the five digit numbers which we can form using only the digits 2, 4, 6 and 8. If these numbers are arranged in ascending order, what is the 512th number?
There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
How many positive integers less than or equal to 4000 can be written down without using the digits 7, 8 or 9?
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?
How many six digit numbers are there which DO NOT contain a 5?
Using balancing scales what is the least number of weights needed to weigh all integer masses from 1 to 1000? Placing some of the weights in the same pan as the object how many are needed?
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?
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.
There are two forms of counting on Vuvv - Zios count in base 3 and Zepts count in base 7. One day four of these creatures, two Zios and two Zepts, sat on the summit of a hill to count the legs of. . . .
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
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?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Number problems for inquiring primary learners.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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.
Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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?
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.
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?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do 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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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 work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Nowadays the calculator is very familiar to many of us. What did people do to save time working out more difficult problems before the calculator existed?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?
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" .
Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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. . . .
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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. . . .