An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
A simple spinner that is equally likely to land on Red or Black. Useful if tossing a coin, dropping it, and rummaging about on the floor have lost their appeal. Needs a modern browser; if IE then at. . . .
Play a dice game of chance
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use this animation to experiment with lotteries. Choose how many
balls to match, how many are in the carousel, and how many draws to
make at once.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
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
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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!
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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 interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
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?
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?