This activity challenges you to make collections of shapes. Can you
give your collection a name?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
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
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?
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!
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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?
A variant on the game Alquerque
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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.
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.