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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
You can make a calculator count for you by any number you choose. You can count by ones to reach 24. You can count by twos to reach 24. What else can you count by to reach 24?
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Can you sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be behind each chair?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
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?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long and how wide is my square?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.