There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
This is an adding game for two players.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five 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?
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?
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.
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 challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
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?
What is the largest number you can make using the three digits 2, 3
and 4 in any way you like, using any operations you like? You can
only use each digit once.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
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?
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock
face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of
three children. Use the information to find out what the three
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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.
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?
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?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.