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.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
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 arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
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.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do it?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
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?
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.
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
This is an adding game for two players.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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!
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?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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?
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!
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could
be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different
combinations of these can you find?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
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