Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Can you match these calculation methods to their visual representations?
More resources to support understanding multiplication and division through playing with numbers
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
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 this article for primary teachers, Ems outlines how we can encourage learners to be flexible in their approach to calculation, and why this is crucial.
A number game requiring a strategy.
Can you put these four calculations into order of difficulty? How did you decide?
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.
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
Related resources supporting pupils' understanding of multiplication and division through playing with numbers.
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
There are four equal weights on one side of the scale and an apple on the other side. What can you say that is true about the apple and the weights from the picture?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Look at what happens when you take a number, square it and subtract your answer. What kind of number do you get? Can you prove it?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.
Are you resilient enough to solve these number problems?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework. After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
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?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?