This is an adding game for two players.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and
diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American
Flag magic square.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
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
In this problem you have to place four by four magic squares on the
faces of a cube so that along each edge of the cube the numbers
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If
you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work
out the distances between some of the different creatures?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner
numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the
triangle adds to the same total.
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on
both sides have the same total?
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length
of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
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
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?
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!
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths
I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?
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?
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?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street
in different ways.
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?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
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?
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?
Vera is shopping at a market with these coins in her purse. Which
things could she give exactly the right amount for?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more
than way to do it?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog.
Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs.
She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap.
How many biscuits did each dog get?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different
ways could you score 44?
The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns
numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make
141 414 turn around?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which
route will give the fastest journey?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?