This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
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?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
Look at different ways of dividing things. What do they mean? How might you show them in a picture, with things, with numbers and symbols?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
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?
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?
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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?