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. . . .

There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?

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.

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?

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?

This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.

Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.

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?

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!

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?

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?

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!

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?

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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?

Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

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.

The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?

What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

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?

Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?

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?

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.

A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?

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?

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?

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?

Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?

On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?

The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

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?

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?

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?

Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

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?

Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.

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?