Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

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 possible?

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.

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?

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?

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?

Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.

Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?

Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

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?

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.

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 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?

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.

Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!

These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?

The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

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?

Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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?

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?

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

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?

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.