Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Use the clues to colour each square.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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....?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?
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.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
Investigate the different sounds you can make by putting the owls
and donkeys on the wheel.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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.
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?
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?
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 for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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 outline of Little Fung at the table?
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation