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.
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?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
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?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
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.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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.
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.
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
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?
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?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
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?
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?
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the
same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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 hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go.
Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
This big box adds something to any number that goes into it. If you know the numbers that come out, what addition might be going on in the box?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
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.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.