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.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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.
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
This is an adding game for two players.
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!
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two
ladybirds in every column and every row.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
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.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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 many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
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.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
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?
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?
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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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!
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 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.