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.
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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 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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you score 100 by throwing rings on this board? Is there more than way to do it?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
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 jugs.
Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.
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.
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
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 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Find the next number in this pattern: 3, 7, 19, 55 ...
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
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?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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?
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!