A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man
must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
An odd version of tic tac toe
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Match the halves.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
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 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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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. . . .
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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?
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!
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?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run
against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with
the planks of different lengths?
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of