Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
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.
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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
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?
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
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.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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 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 of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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?
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?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have
12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his
cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
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?
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!
On a farm there were some hens and sheep. Altogether there were 8 heads and 22 feet. How many hens were there?
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what
numbers will come out?