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

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

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?

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

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

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?

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 given totals?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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.

Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

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?

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

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

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

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

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

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.

Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

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.

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

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?

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

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?

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?

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

Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!

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