A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
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?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no
column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard
that has nine pegs?
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can
you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's,
using rods that are identical?
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
A train building game for 2 players.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Use the clues to colour each square.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.