Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?
There are a number of coins on a table. One quarter of the coins show heads. If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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?
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 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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
"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 ...?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!