If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
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!
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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?
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?
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?
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?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
"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 ...?
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 resilience.
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.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
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?
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
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?
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?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
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.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross the times table too?