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?
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?
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.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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 work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
"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 ...?
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
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?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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.
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?