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.
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?
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?
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?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
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 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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
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.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
This is an adding game for two players.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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.
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?
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?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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
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.
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.