Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
The Scot, John Napier, invented these strips about 400 years ago to help calculate multiplication and division. Can you work out how to use Napier's bones to find the answer to these multiplications?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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?
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
A number game requiring a strategy.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Mr. Sunshine tells the children they will have 2 hours of homework. After several calculations, Harry says he hasn't got time to do this homework. Can you see where his reasoning is wrong?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
This is an adding game for two players.
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?
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?
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?
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?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Find a great variety of ways of asking questions which make 8.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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.
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.
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?
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.
Can you go through this maze so that the numbers you pass add to exactly 100?
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.
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
This group activity will encourage you to share calculation strategies and to think about which strategy might be the most efficient.
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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!
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.
Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
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?