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?
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?
"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 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?
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.
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
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?
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?
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?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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?
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 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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
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.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
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?
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?