Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
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?
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.
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
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?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
"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 ...?
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.
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?
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Can you help the children in Mrs Trimmer's class make different shapes out of a loop of string?
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?
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 trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
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?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
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 sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
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 to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?