Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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?
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.
What do you notice about these squares of numbers? What is the same? What is different?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
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?
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.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
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?
Fill in the missing numbers so that adding each pair of corner numbers gives you the number between them (in the box).
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
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?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
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?
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Can you arrange fifteen dominoes so that all the touching domino pieces add to 6 and the ends join up? Can you make all the joins add to 7?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
I throw three dice and get 5, 3 and 2. Add the scores on the three dice. What do you get? Now multiply the scores. What do you notice?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?
On the planet Vuv there are two sorts of creatures. The Zios have 3 legs and the Zepts have 7 legs. The great planetary explorer Nico counted 52 legs. How many Zios and how many Zepts were there?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
This is an adding game for two players.
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
There are over sixty different ways of making 24 by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing all four numbers 4, 6, 6 and 8 (using each number only once). How many can you find?
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?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
If the numbers 5, 7 and 4 go into this function machine, what numbers will come out?
I was looking at the number plate of a car parked outside. Using my special code S208VBJ adds to 65. Can you crack my code and use it to find out what both of these number plates add up to?
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?