On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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.
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!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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.
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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 how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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.
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
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?
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?
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 find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?
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?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.