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?
The beginnings of understanding probability begin much earlier than
you might think...
If you asked your mum/dad/friend to take you to the park today,
what sort of response might you get?
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
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Play a dice game of chance
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. . . .
Uncertain about the likelihood of unexpected events? You are not
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?
The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
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
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?