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!
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?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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.
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?
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
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.
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.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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?
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....?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Match the halves.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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.
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.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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. . . .
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
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
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
A train building game for 2 players.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!