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.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
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.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
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.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
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?
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
How can we help students make sense of addition and subtraction of negative numbers?
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.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
This article suggests some ways of making sense of calculations involving positive and negative numbers.
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!
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.