Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
The number 10112359550561797752808988764044943820224719 is called a 'slippy number' because, when the last digit 9 is moved to the front, the new number produced is the slippy number multiplied by 9.
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
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?
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?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Investigate $1^n + 19^n + 20^n + 51^n + 57^n + 80^n + 82^n $ and $2^n + 12^n + 31^n + 40^n + 69^n + 71^n + 85^n$ for different values of n.
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.
This task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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?
Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?
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!
Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
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?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
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.
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!
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
When I type a sequence of letters my calculator gives the product of all the numbers in the corresponding memories. What numbers should I store so that when I type 'ONE' it returns 1, and when I type. . . .
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
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?
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?