In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
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 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your
skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit
the target score.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 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?
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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!
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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
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!
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.