Benâ€™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?

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?

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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?

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?

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?

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 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?

How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

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?

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

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?

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?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.

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?

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

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?

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?

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?

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?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

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.

Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

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?

Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?

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!

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?

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.

What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

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.

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?

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

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?