For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your oponent.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers
on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
This is an adding game for two players.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears,
yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways
could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of 10 eggs. Can you use the information given to find out how many eggs are in each basket?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino
pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins
add to 7?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
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?
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?