On Friday the magic plant was only 2 centimetres tall. Every day it doubled its height. How tall was it on Monday?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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. . . .
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
This problem is designed to help children to learn, and to use, the two and three times tables.
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
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?
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?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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,. . . .
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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?
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.
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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.
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?
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?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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.
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.
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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!
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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?