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?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
The sum of the first 'n' natural numbers is a 3 digit number in which all the digits are the same. How many numbers have been summed?
The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with
the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50
times. What is the value of the digit M?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
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.
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.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. 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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
I'm thinking of a number. When my number is divided by 5 the
remainder is 4. When my number is divided by 3 the remainder is 2.
Can you find my number?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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.
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?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?