Use these four dominoes to make a square that has the same number of dots on each side.
Use the 'double-3 down' dominoes to make a square so that each side has eight dots.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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?
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.
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers
on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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...
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their counters?
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?
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.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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?
Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?
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.
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range
in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact
ages from the clues?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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!
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.