How would you find out how many football cards Catrina has collected?
It's Sahila's birthday and she is having a party. How could you answer these questions using a picture, with things, with numbers or symbols?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?
On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?
Find another number that is one short of a square number and when you double it and add 1, the result is also a square number.
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?
EWWNP means Exploring Wild and Wonderful Number Patterns Created by Yourself! Investigate what happens if we create number patterns using some simple rules.
Take the number 6 469 693 230 and divide it by the first ten prime numbers and you'll find the most beautiful, most magic of all numbers. What is it?
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?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
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?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
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 looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
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?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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.
This task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
This number has 903 digits. What is the sum of all 903 digits?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.