This article, written by Nicky Goulder and Samantha Lodge, reveals how maths and marimbas can go hand-in-hand! Why not try out some of the musical maths activities in your own classroom?

If you asked your mum/dad/friend to take you to the park today, what sort of response might you get?

The beginnings of understanding probability begin much earlier than you might think...

A simple spinner that is equally likely to land on Red or Black. Useful if tossing a coin, dropping it, and rummaging about on the floor have lost their appeal. Needs a modern browser; if IE then at. . . .

All you need for this game is a pack of cards. While you play the game, think about strategies that will increase your chances of winning.

The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?

Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?

There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?

In the time before the mathematical idea of randomness was discovered, people thought that everything that happened was part of the will of supernatural beings. So have things changed?

Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?

Uncertain about the likelihood of unexpected events? You are not alone!

These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?

Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?

Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.