Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

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?

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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.

Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?

This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

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?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

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.

In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.

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?

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.

Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page. Circle any number on the top row, put a line through the other numbers that are in the same row and column as your circled number. Repeat. . . .

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

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

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?

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.

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.

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?

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?

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.

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?