Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not
use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
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 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
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!
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
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 the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design.
Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two
different types of triangle?
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?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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?
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 outlines of these people?
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.
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 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
A variant on the game Alquerque
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?