Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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.
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 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.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can
you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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!
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.
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?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
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.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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?
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
"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 ...?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a
straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each
row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.