This activity challenges you to make collections of shapes. Can you
give your collection a name?
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?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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?
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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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 or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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. . . .
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.
Play a dice game of chance
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 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.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can
you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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!
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 times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
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
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's,
using rods that are identical?
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 the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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.
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?