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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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 make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
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?
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?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
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 rectangles can you make using this set of rods?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
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?
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.
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 find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
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?
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?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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?
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?
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
"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 ...?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.