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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
This is an adding game for two players.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
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.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
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
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American
Flag magic square.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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.
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?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.