Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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....?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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.
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?
An odd version of tic tac toe
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!
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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 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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
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?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
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?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they