Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
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 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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
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.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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!
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
"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 ...?
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?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does backwards?
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?
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
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?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
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?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?