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.
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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.
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
Jack's mum bought some candles to use on his birthday cakes and when his sister was born, she used them on her cakes too. Can you use the information to find out when Kate was born?
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.
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?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
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?
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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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!
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
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?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American Flag magic square.
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.
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.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
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.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
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?
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?
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!
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?