Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
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?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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?
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
A variant on the game Alquerque
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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
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?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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 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. . . .
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?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
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 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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
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?
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!
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
Match the halves.
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?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they look!
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.