One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?
The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.
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?
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?
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?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
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?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
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.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
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?
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?
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?
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?
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Can you work out how many lengths I swim each day?
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.
The number 12 = 2^2 × 3 has 6 factors. What is the smallest natural number with exactly 36 factors?
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?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
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?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
Guess the Dominoes for child and adult. Work out which domino your partner has chosen by asking good questions.
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.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
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?
How will you complete these Venn diagrams?
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?