NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
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?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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?
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Twenty four games for 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.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?