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!
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
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?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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 see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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?
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?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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?
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.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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?
"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 ...?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?