In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
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 design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to
help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to
use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
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.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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.
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.
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.
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so
that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as
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?
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?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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.
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?