An odd version of tic tac toe
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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 use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Match the halves.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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?
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man
must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
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?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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?