Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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. . . .
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?
These games devised by Jenni Way use dot cards which will help children see the structure of numbers 1-6 and give them confidence as they begin to add and subtract these numbers.
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?
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
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?
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
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 use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
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.