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.
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
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. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
Bernard Bagnall recommends some primary school problems which use numbers from the environment around us, from clocks to house numbers.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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 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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Use your logical reasoning to work out how many cows and how many sheep there are in each field.
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
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 find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
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.
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.
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!
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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?
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?
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
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?
What is happening at each box in these machines?
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?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?