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?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
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.
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?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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.
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?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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.
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears can they share so that there are none left over?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
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?
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?