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 oponent.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
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?
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
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.
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.
Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.
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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
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
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.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or
subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves
there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a
twig and a leaf.
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?
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?
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 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?
Use 4 four times with simple operations so that you get the answer 12. Can you make 15, 16 and 17 too?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?