Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
An odd version of tic tac toe
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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. . . .
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
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?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
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.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
A train building game for 2 players.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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 telephone?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Match the halves.
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
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?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
A variant on the game Alquerque
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are