Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
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 happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
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?
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
Can you sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
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?
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Use cubes to continue making the numbers from 7 to 20. Are they sticks, rectangles or squares?