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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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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.
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
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.
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
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.
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?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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!
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Which pairs of cogs let the coloured tooth touch every tooth on the other cog? Which pairs do not let this happen? Why?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.