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.
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.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This is an adding game for two players.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
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?
Find the numbers in this sum
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
You have four jugs of 9, 7, 4 and 2 litres capacity. The 9 litre jug is full of wine, the others are empty. Can you divide the wine into three equal quantities?
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?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
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?
If you wrote all the possible four digit numbers made by using each of the digits 2, 4, 5, 7 once, what would they add up to?
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.
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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!