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?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
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.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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 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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
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.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
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?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?