Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers
on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
This is an adding game for two players.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals
of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog.
Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs.
She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap.
How many biscuits did each dog get?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not
using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in
whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit 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?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
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?
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.
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now
multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
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
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths.
Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?