Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing
it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man
must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
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.
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. . . .
An odd version of tic tac toe
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
A train building game for 2 players.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to
the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they