Chandrika was practising a long distance run. Can you work out how long the race was from the information?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
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.
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework. After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Use this information to work out whether the front or back wheel of this bicycle gets more wear and tear.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how many lemons there are?
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
What is happening at each box in these machines?
A game that tests your understanding of remainders.
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?