Play a dice game of chance
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week
in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees.
Who do you think is right?
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
In this game you throw two dice and find their total, then move the appropriate counter to the right. Which counter reaches the purple box first? Is this what you would expect?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding
their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more
likely to win?
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
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. . . .
You'll need to work in a group for this problem. The idea is to
decide, as a group, whether you agree or disagree with each
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Use this animation to experiment with lotteries. Choose how many
balls to match, how many are in the carousel, and how many draws to
make at once.
Charlie thinks that a six comes up less often than the other
numbers on the dice. Have a look at the results of the test his
class did to see if he was right.
What statements can you make about the car that passes the school
gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and
test your ideas?
What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?
Are these domino games fair? Can you explain why or why not?