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.
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?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
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.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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 six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
This is an adding game for two players.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length
of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
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?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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!
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
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.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
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?
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?
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look
the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.