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!

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

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?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

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?

Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?

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?

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?

A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?

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

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

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.

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

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

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?

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?

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?

Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

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

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?

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.

What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

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

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?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?

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

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

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.

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.