Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
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?
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?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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....?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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!
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no
column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour
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?
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
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?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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 Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?