Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
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.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
This activity is best done with a whole class or in a large group. Can you match the cards? What happens when you add pairs of the numbers together?
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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.
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
What do you notice about these squares of numbers? What is the same? What is different?
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 game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
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?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
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 given totals?
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?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
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.
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?