Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they look!
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
A variant on the game Alquerque
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.
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 opposite direction.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
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?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?
Match the halves.
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 train building game for 2 players.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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. . . .
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
A simulation of target archery practice
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
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?
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!
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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!
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?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?