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.
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
You can make a calculator count for you by any number you choose. You can count by ones to reach 24. You can count by twos to reach 24. What else can you count by to reach 24?
Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
If there is a ring of six chairs and thirty children must either sit on a chair or stand behind one, how many children will be behind each chair?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.
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?
Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Can you sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Nine squares with side lengths 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, and 18 cm can be fitted together to form a rectangle. What are the dimensions of the rectangle?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Look at the squares in this problem. What does the next square look like? I draw a square with 81 little squares inside it. How long and how wide is my square?