Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
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.
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 fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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,. . . .
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
On Friday the magic plant was only 2 centimetres tall. Every day it doubled its height. How tall was it on Monday?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
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?
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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.
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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.
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?
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?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
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?
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 do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.