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?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
This is an adding game for two players.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
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 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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and find out!
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 15.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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?
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.
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 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?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
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.
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?
On Planet Plex, there are only 6 hours in the day. Can you answer these questions about how Arog the Alien spends his day?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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. . . .
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?