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 six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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.
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?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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 the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this 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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find
out how long they take.
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
Leah and Tom each have a number line. Can you work out where their counters will land? What are the secret jumps they make with their counters?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
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?
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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 aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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 challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.