A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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?
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?
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?
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
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man
shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move
him so that the graph shows a curve?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Use the clues to colour each square.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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....?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back