A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative 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?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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.
This is an adding game for two players.
A number game requiring a strategy.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
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 fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
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.
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?
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
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...
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
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 digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
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.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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?
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?