Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
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?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
Make a set of numbers that use all the digits from 1 to 9, once and once only. Add them up. The result is divisible by 9. Add each of the digits in the new number. What is their sum? Now try some. . . .
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...
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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.
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
Substitution and Transposition all in one! How fiendish can these codes get?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
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.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Explain why the arithmetic sequence 1, 14, 27, 40, ... contains many terms of the form 222...2 where only the digit 2 appears.
Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
How will you complete these Venn diagrams?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Find the number which has 8 divisors, such that the product of the divisors is 331776.
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
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?
Find the highest power of 11 that will divide into 1000! exactly.
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
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.
The flow chart requires two numbers, M and N. Select several values for M and try to establish what the flow chart does.
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
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.
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.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
How many integers between 1 and 1200 are NOT multiples of any of the numbers 2, 3 or 5?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
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?
I'm thinking of a number. My number is both a multiple of 5 and a multiple of 6. What could my number be?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
Can you find any two-digit numbers that satisfy all of these statements?
Great Granddad is very proud of his telegram from the Queen congratulating him on his hundredth birthday and he has friends who are even older than he is... When was he born?