Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not
use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?
Investigate how logic gates work in circuits.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
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!
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number 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?
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
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 triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Match the halves.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Can you find just the right bubbles to hold your number?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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?
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.
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
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.
Play a dice game of chance
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 brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
A metal puzzle which led to some mathematical questions.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.