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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

Benâ€™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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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 sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Complete the following expressions so that each one gives a four digit number as the product of two two digit numbers and uses the digits 1 to 8 once and only once.

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?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

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

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?

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.

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.

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?

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 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.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

Twice a week I go swimming and swim the same number of lengths of the pool each time. As I swim, I count the lengths I've done so far, and make it into a fraction of the whole number of lengths I. . . .

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?

Follow this recipe for sieving numbers and see what interesting patterns emerge.