Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Play a dice game of chance
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
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....?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
An odd version of tic tac toe
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 make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
A simple spinner that is equally likely to land on Red or Black. Useful if tossing a coin, dropping it, and rummaging about on the floor have lost their appeal. Needs a modern browser; if IE then at. . . .
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!
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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?
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?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Match the halves.
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 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.