Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
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?
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?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
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?
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!
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?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Using all ten cards from 0 to 9, rearrange them to make five prime numbers. Can you find any other ways of doing it?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
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!
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?