This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
This package will help introduce children to, and encourage a deep
exploration of, multiples.
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.
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?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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 work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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!
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?
"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 ...?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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.
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.
This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
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?
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 work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?