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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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?
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?
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?
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
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.
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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.
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
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?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 15.
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the
same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the
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.
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
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 work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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.
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
This big box adds something to any number that goes into it. If you know the numbers that come out, what addition might be going on in the box?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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 dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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.