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.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
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?
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?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the clues to colour each square.
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Match the halves.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
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 your opponent?
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!
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?