Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
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
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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?
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 were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
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?
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.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
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 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?
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?
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.
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 15.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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 hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
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?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What
happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you
change the position of the jigsaws?
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one
behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it.
Can you work out the missing numbers?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
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 design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange
the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer
these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four
squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other
totals can you make?