Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
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.
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?
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 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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
"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 ...?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
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?
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?
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.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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?
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?
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.
Can you place the numbers from 1 to 10 in the grid?
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?
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?
Pat counts her sweets in different groups and both times she has some left over. How many sweets could she have had?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
How will you complete these Venn diagrams?
Can you sort numbers into sets? Can you give each set a name?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This activity focuses on doubling multiples of five.
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?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
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?