Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?

Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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?

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?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?

In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.

This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

A school song book contains 700 songs. The numbers of the songs are displayed by combining special small single-digit cards. What is the minimum number of small cards that is needed?

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?

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

Number problems for inquiring primary learners.

Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?

There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?

Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

Write down a three-digit number Change the order of the digits to get a different number Find the difference between the two three digit numbers Follow the rest of the instructions then try. . . .

Pick the number of times a week that you eat chocolate. This number must be more than one but less than ten. Multiply this number by 2. Add 5 (for Sunday). Multiply by 50... Can you explain why it. . . .

The number 3723(in base 10) is written as 123 in another base. What is that base?

The number 27 is special because it is three times the sum of its digits 27 = 3 (2 + 7). Find some two digit numbers that are SEVEN times the sum of their digits (seven-up numbers)?

Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .

32 x 38 = 30 x 40 + 2 x 8; 34 x 36 = 30 x 40 + 4 x 6; 56 x 54 = 50 x 60 + 6 x 4; 73 x 77 = 70 x 80 + 3 x 7 Verify and generalise if possible.

Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...

This article, written for teachers, looks at the different kinds of recordings encountered in Primary Mathematics lessons and the importance of not jumping to conclusions!

The Number Jumbler can always work out your chosen symbol. Can you work out how?

Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?

Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?