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.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
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 substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
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?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
This is an adding game for two players.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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.
Can you explain how this card trick works?
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.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
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?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
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!