Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.

Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?

Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?

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.

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. . . .

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.

The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?

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 possible?

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?

Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.

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?

The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?

There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

On a calculator, make 15 by using only the 2 key and any of the four operations keys. How many ways can you find to do it?

As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

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?

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.

Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.

Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?

Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person had.

If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?

This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.

Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.

Annie cut this numbered cake into 3 pieces with 3 cuts so that the numbers on each piece added to the same total. Where were the cuts and what fraction of the whole cake was each piece?

Ben’s class were making cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

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?

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.

On the table there is a pile of oranges and lemons that weighs exactly one kilogram. Using the information, can you work out how many lemons there are?

There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres. Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.

Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).

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 happens?

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?

Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's finishing position was.

Amy has a box containing domino pieces but she does not think it is a complete set. She has 24 dominoes in her box and there are 125 spots on them altogether. Which of her domino pieces are missing?

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.

Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.

Put a number at the top of the machine and collect a number at the bottom. What do you get? Which numbers get back to themselves?

Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on the flower?