The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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 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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
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?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the
same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make
when the circles are different sizes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
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!
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?
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
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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. . . .
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
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 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.
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Match the halves.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.