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.

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.

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?

Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?

Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?

The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?

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. . . .

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser balance?

Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact ages from the clues?

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

Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make 141 414 turn around?

On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.

This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?

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

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?

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?

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

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.

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?

On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?

How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?

In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.

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

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

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?

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?

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?

Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

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?

Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.