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?

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?

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

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?

Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.

Number problems at primary level to work on with others.

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

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

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?

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.

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

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

How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this 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?

Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?

"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?

How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.

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?

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

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?

When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

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?

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. . . .

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.

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...

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

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

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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?