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 use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Use five steps to count forwards or backwards in 1s or 10s to get to 50. What strategies did you use?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
An old game but lots of arithmetic!
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?
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
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.
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?
Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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 how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
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.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This is an adding game for two players.
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.
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.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
The picture shows a lighthouse and many underwater creatures. If you know the markings on the lighthouse are 1m apart, can you work out the distances between some of the different creatures?
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.
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?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
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?
Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?
Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?
Number problems at primary level to work on with others.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?
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'.
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
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?
Can you design a new shape for the twenty-eight squares and arrange the numbers in a logical way? What patterns do you notice?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Tell your friends that you have a strange calculator that turns numbers backwards. What secret number do you have to enter to make 141 414 turn around?
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?