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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no
mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there
more than one way to do it?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book.
How many pages does the book have?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
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?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.