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?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a
useful reprentation for many number concepts.
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?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when
divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
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?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will
only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly
the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs
had Will done before his balloon burst?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
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.
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?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around
a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains
the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six
times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross
the times table too?
Explore the relationship between simple linear functions and their
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Number problems at primary level that may require determination.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
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?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of
numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?