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Games and activities

Ladybird, Ladybird


This is a game for two or more players.

You will need a dice and access to a printer

to print this game.  Alternatively, you can

make a paper wobbly line of random

numbers on the tabletop(see the game

board) and use this as your number track.


Dice (odd and even)

Mental mathematics


You will need some 1 – 6 spot dice. 

For older children use larger numbers on your dice or decimals by writing on blank dice or making your own dice from cardboard.


Dice (mental calculation)

A simple activity using 6 dice.


Can you make board?

Mental mathematics


Can you find two numbers that total 100?

Can you find all the pairs that make 100?


Problem solving

Colour puzzles 1 - 6

If you have a printer, print the master page out and copy the position and colours onto the paper.  Then work with your child to solve the problem.  There are 6 different problems, so when your child has worked out how the puzzles work, they can try one on their own.  There will be 6 more next week too.


Mystery number problems

Using the clues, try to work out what the mystery number is.

Works well without a printer with the adult reading the clues to the child.

These problems are suitable for KS1 and lower KS 2.  Encourage your children to make their own for others to solve.  More to follow over the next few weeks.


Domino line up

Here is a logic problem using dominoes.

Read the statements carefully and then put the dominoes in the correct order.


Domino addition square

Can you put the dominoes into a square arrangement, where every side totals 12 spots?


Shape calculation problem


This is a logic problem.


Read the card carefully.


Use the information on the card to solve the problem.


Bar modelling


Many thanks to Cassy Turner who has allowed me to convert her bar modelling videos from her Word Problem Wednesday into PowerPoint presentations.


Word problem Wednesday is available on her website 


These are available here as PowerPoints (pptx) or pdf downloads.




NNS Homework Activities

Here are some pdf copies of the old National Numeracy Strategy homework book.  

Apologies in advance, as the quality isn’t great, but you can still use the ideas and activities.  

Click on the linked text to open a pdf copy.

  1. Pick two (Year 1)

  2. Play pasta (Year 1)

  3. Coin challenge (Year 2)

  4. Four pin bowling (Year 2)

  5. Stick square (Year 3)

  6. Take ten cards (Year 3)

  7. Heads and tails (Year 3)

  8. At the sales (Year 3)

  9. Magic square (Year 4)

  10. Odds and evens (Year 4)

  11. Emma’s Jelly Babies (Year 5)

  12. Time for TV (Year 5)

  13. Carlo’s café (year 6)

  14. Money moves (Year 6)

  15. Think of a number (year 6)