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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so
that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used
once and once only.
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?
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?
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.
Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
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?
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which
numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has
some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
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.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
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.
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?
"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 ...?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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 this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?