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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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 article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you explain how this card trick works?
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?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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?
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?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
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.
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?
Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact ages from the clues?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make 141 414 turn around?
Generate large numbers then give the values of each digit.
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?
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.
Find out what a Deca Tree is and then work out how many leaves there will be after the woodcutter has cut off a trunk, a branch, a twig and a leaf.
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.