Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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.
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?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
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.
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?
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.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
Grandma found her pie balanced on the scale with two weights and a quarter of a pie. So how heavy was each pie?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
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?
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
A number game requiring a strategy.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
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?
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,. . . .
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.
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
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?
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.
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
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?
This problem looks at how one example of your choice can show something about the general structure of multiplication.
Alf describes how the Gattegno chart helped a class of 7-9 year olds gain an awareness of place value and of the inverse relationship between multiplication and division.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
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?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.