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!
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Who said that adding couldn't be fun?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
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?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Start with four numbers at the corners of a square and put the total of two corners in the middle of that side. Keep going... Can you estimate what the size of the last four numbers will be?
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
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 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
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?
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?
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.