Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
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 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
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.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
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?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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!
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.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?