Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them
flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second.
How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find
all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the 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?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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 place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
"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 ...?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
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?
Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the
other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?
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.
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?