Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
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?
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
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?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.
At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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?
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?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
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?
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 work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you follow the rule to decode the messages?
Claire thinks she has the most sports cards in her album. "I have 12 pages with 2 cards on each page", says Claire. Ross counts his cards. "No! I have 3 cards on each of my pages and there are. . . .
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
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?
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?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Mrs Morgan, the class's teacher, pinned numbers onto the backs of three children. Use the information to find out what the three numbers were.
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!
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
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?
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!