A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
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?
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.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.