"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 ...?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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?
Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs had Will done before his balloon burst?
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
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?
Find the squares that Froggie skips onto to get to the pumpkin patch. She starts on 3 and finishes on 30, but she lands only on a square that has a number 3 more than the square she skips from.
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
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?
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?
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Can you sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
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?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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?
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 will you complete these Venn diagrams?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?