Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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 work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man
must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
A train building game for 2 players.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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?
An odd version of tic tac toe
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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.
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
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. . . .
Match the halves.
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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 your opponent?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
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!