Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Throughout these challenges, the touching faces of any adjacent dice must have the same number. Can you find a way of making the total on the top come to each number from 11 to 18 inclusive?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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.
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
This is an adding game for two players.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Investigate the totals you get when adding numbers on the diagonal of this pattern in threes.
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!
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
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?
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.
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Skippy and Anna are locked in a room in a large castle. The key to that room, and all the other rooms, is a number. The numbers are locked away in a problem. Can you help them to get out?
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Number problems at primary level that may require resilience.