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

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

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

Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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 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 possible?

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.

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

Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).

Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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?

As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

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

There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

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

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?

In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

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?