Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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.
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?
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?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Find the numbers in this sum
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.
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Using some or all of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and using the digits 3, 3, 8 and 8 each once and only once make an expression equal to 24.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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.
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?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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.
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?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Fill in the numbers to make the sum of each row, column and diagonal equal to 34. For an extra challenge try the huge American Flag magic square.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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?
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?
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.