Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
This is an adding game for two players.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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.
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This
challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the
faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and
lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children
buy with their money?
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?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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!
Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different
ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the
If you wrote all the possible four digit numbers made by using each
of the digits 2, 4, 5, 7 once, what would they add up to?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the
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?
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?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals
of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the