Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

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?

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?

One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

This big box multiplies anything that goes inside it by the same number. If you know the numbers that come out, what multiplication might be going on in the box?

Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?

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?

Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.

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?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

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?

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?

Factor track is not a race but a game of skill. The idea is to go round the track in as few moves as possible, keeping to the rules.

Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.

Is there an efficient way to work out how many factors a large number has?

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

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?

Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?

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?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?

What is the remainder when 2^2002 is divided by 7? What happens with different powers of 2?

Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

A number N is divisible by 10, 90, 98 and 882 but it is NOT divisible by 50 or 270 or 686 or 1764. It is also known that N is a factor of 9261000. What is N?

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?

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?

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross the times table too?

Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.

What is the value of the digit A in the sum below: [3(230 + A)]^2 = 49280A

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

How many numbers less than 1000 are NOT divisible by either: a) 2 or 5; or b) 2, 5 or 7?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

The number 8888...88M9999...99 is divisible by 7 and it starts with the digit 8 repeated 50 times and ends with the digit 9 repeated 50 times. What is the value of the digit M?

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.

I added together the first 'n' positive integers and found that my answer was a 3 digit number in which all the digits were the same...

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?

The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?