Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This challenge is a game for two players. Choose two numbers from the grid and multiply or divide, then mark your answer on the number line. Can you get four in a row before your partner?
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 each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
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. . . .
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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.
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?
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!
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!
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
On Friday the magic plant was only 2 centimetres tall. Every day it doubled its height. How tall was it on Monday?
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?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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,. . . .
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?
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
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.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.