If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
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...
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?"
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?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
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?
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
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?
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 see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?
This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful representation for many number concepts.
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
One quarter of these coins are heads but when I turn over two coins, one third are heads. How many coins are there?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?