Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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?

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?

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

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?

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?

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?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

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?

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

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?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?

How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

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?

When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?

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?

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

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.

Benâ€™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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

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?

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?

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?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

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?

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

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?

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?

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.

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?

"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 ...?

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.

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?