In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he 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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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?
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?
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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.
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
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 article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?
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 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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which things could she give exactly the right amount for?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.