Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?
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.
How many different differences can you make?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Arrange three 1s, three 2s and three 3s in this square so that every row, column and diagonal adds to the same total.
This is an adding game for two players.
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?
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. . . .
A number game requiring a strategy.
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
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?
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?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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.
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
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?
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 article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.
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 plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
This article for primary teachers encourages exploration of two fundamental ideas, exchange and 'unitising', which will help children become more fluent when calculating.
This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?
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.
By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?