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....?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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 game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
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.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
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?
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
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
A train building game for 2 players.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.