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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
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!
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
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?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now
multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the
numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the
rule for giving another set of six numbers?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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 the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.