An old game but lots of arithmetic!
Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?
A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.
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?
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.
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 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?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Four Go game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have four numbers in a row on the number line?
Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?
Annie and Ben are playing a game with a calculator. What was Annie's secret number?
Using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 once and only once, and the operations x and ÷ once and only once, what is the smallest whole number you can make?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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.
All the girls would like a puzzle each for Christmas and all the boys would like a book each. Solve the riddle to find out how many puzzles and books Santa left.
This challenge combines addition, multiplication, perseverance and even proof.
Use this grid to shade the numbers in the way described. Which numbers do you have left? Do you know what they are called?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
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?
Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.
How will you work out which numbers have been used to create this multiplication square?
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
What is the sum of all the three digit whole numbers?
How many starfish could there be on the beach, and how many children, if I can see 28 arms?
How would you find out how many football cards Catrina has collected?
Resources to support understanding of multiplication and division through playing with number.
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?
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?
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
Your vessel, the Starship Diophantus, has become damaged in deep space. Can you use your knowledge of times tables and some lightning reflexes to survive?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
Here is a picnic that Petros and Michael are going to share equally. Can you tell us what each of them will have?
Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?
This article for teachers looks at how teachers can use problems from the NRICH site to help them teach division.
This task combines spatial awareness with addition and multiplication.
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?
Here are the prices for 1st and 2nd class mail within the UK. You have an unlimited number of each of these stamps. Which stamps would you need to post a parcel weighing 825g?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?
In November, Liz was interviewed for an article on a parents' website about learning times tables. Read the article here.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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?
How would you count the number of fingers in these pictures?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
In this article for teachers, Elizabeth Carruthers and Maulfry Worthington explore the differences between 'recording mathematics' and 'representing mathematical thinking'.