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'.
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
This is an adding game for two players.
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 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. . . .
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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...
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
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.
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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?
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
A number game requiring a strategy.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
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.
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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.
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.