Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden
under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to
ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the
latest developments and questions.
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?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding,
subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and
8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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 this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number
system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a
look at the multiplications table.
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
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?
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they
cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What
patterns could they see?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one
behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it.
Can you work out the missing numbers?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it.
How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in
each pile was 15?
In sheep talk the only letters used are B and A. A sequence of
words is formed by following certain rules. What do you notice when
you count the letters in each word?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?