If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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.
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
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?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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 how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
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?
Can you sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?