In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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?
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.
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.
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
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 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. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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 is an adding game for two players.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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 interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
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?
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
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
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
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.