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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
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?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
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 trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's,
using rods that are identical?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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. . . .
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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 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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no
column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour
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?
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?
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.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?