Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
You have four jugs of 9, 7, 4 and 2 litres capacity. The 9 litre jug is full of wine, the others are empty. Can you divide the wine into three equal quantities?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
This is an adding game for two players.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?
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?
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?
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.
Look on the back of any modern book and you will find an ISBN code. Take this code and calculate this sum in the way shown. Can you see what the answers always have in common?
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?
Investigate $1^n + 19^n + 20^n + 51^n + 57^n + 80^n + 82^n $ and $2^n + 12^n + 31^n + 40^n + 69^n + 71^n + 85^n$ for different values of n.
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?