Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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 three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

When the number x 1 x x x is multiplied by 417 this gives the answer 9 x x x 0 5 7. Find the missing digits, each of which is represented by an "x" .

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?

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?

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

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

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?

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

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

A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?

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?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

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

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

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!

Using the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, mulitply a two two digit numbers are multiplied to give a four digit number, so that the expression is correct. How many different solutions can you find?

Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .

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

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

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

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?

The five digit number A679B, in base ten, is divisible by 72. What are the values of A and B?

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

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?

Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

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?

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

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?

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?

When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their graphs.

"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 ...?

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

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

Find some triples of whole numbers a, b and c such that a^2 + b^2 + c^2 is a multiple of 4. Is it necessarily the case that a, b and c must all be even? If so, can you explain why?

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?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

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.

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?

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

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?

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