Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.

Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?

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

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?

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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?

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

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.

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?

This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.

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

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?

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.

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?

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

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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 balance?

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?

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?

Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which things could she give exactly the right amount for?

Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.

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

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?

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

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

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?

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?