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?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
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 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.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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.
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
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.
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?
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?
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!