A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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.
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 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 jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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!
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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...
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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.
What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A
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?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
I put eggs into a basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over. How many eggs were in the basket?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Some 4 digit numbers can be written as the product of a 3 digit number and a 2 digit number using the digits 1 to 9 each once and only once. The number 4396 can be written as just such a product. Can. . . .
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up?
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?
A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.