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!
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?
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?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
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?
Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
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?
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible 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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
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?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
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?
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.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?