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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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?
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. . . .
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?
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!
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?
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?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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?
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.
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?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
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?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
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?
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?
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?
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 do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
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?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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?
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?