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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
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?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the
numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the
rule for giving another set of six numbers?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two
ladybirds in every column and every row.
This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
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 number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and
lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children
buy with their money?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three
dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
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?
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?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
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!