Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
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?
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!
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?
Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all numbers. What is it?
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,. . . .
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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 game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
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.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.