An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you work out how many lengths I swim each day?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
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. . . .
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?
I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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 and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
Think of any three-digit number. Repeat the digits. The 6-digit number that you end up with is divisible by 91. Is this a coincidence?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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?
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.
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Ben, Jack and Emma passed counters to each other and ended with the same number of counters. How many did they start with?
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.
How many different number families can you find?
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.
How will you complete these Venn diagrams?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
Nine squares are fitted together to form a rectangle. Can you find its dimensions?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
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?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.