Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game for two people, who take turns to move the counters. The player to remove the last counter from the board wins.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
A number card game for 2-6 players.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
A game played with a standard pack of cards.
Ruth Trundley outlines her doctoral research and concludes that development of an understanding of cardinality is a crucial element of counting that can be overlooked.
Can you work out how many apples there are in this fruit bowl if you know what fraction there are?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
25 students are queuing in a straight line. How many are there between Julia and Jenny?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
Can you find a path from a number at the top of this network to the bottom which goes through each number from 1 to 9 once and once only?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
A number game requiring a strategy.
In this problem, we're investigating the number of steps we would climb up or down to get out of or into the swimming pool. How could you number the steps below the water?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
While musing about the difficulties children face in comprehending number structure, notation, etc., it occured to the author that there is a vast array of occasions when numbers and signs are used. . . .
How many legs do each of these creatures have? How many pairs is that?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
This is a game in which your counters move in a spiral round the snail's shell. It is about understanding tens and units.
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?
How could you estimate the number of pencils/pens in these pictures?
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?
This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.
Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?
Daisy and Akram were making number patterns. Daisy was using beads that looked like flowers and Akram was using cube bricks. First they were counting in twos.
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Noah saw 12 legs walk by into the Ark. How many creatures did he see?
Which comes next in each pattern of dominoes?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
Lee was writing all the counting numbers from 1 to 20. She stopped for a rest after writing seventeen digits. What was the last number she wrote?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Help share out the biscuits the children have made.
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.
What do you see as you watch this video? Can you create a similar video for the number 12?