Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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?

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?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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?

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?

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 find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?

There are a number of coins on a table. One quarter of the coins show heads. If I turn over 2 coins, then one third show heads. How many coins are there altogether?

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?

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

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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" .

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

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

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.

"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 ...?

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

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?

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?

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?

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?

Helen made the conjecture that "every multiple of six has more factors than the two numbers either side of it". Is this conjecture true?

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?

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

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