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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
A number game requiring a strategy.
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!
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
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?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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.
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?
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?
After training hard, these two children have improved their results. Can you work out the length or height of their first jumps?
Can you work out what a ziffle is on the planet Zargon?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?
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.
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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!
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
This task offers an opportunity to explore all sorts of number relationships, but particularly multiplication.
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?
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?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
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,. . . .
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?
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
In this article for primary teachers, Lynne McClure outlines what is meant by fluency in the context of number and explains how our selection of NRICH tasks can help.