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?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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 the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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?
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?
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.
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?
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
This is an adding game for two players.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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!
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears,
yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways
could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!