Play a dice game of chance
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 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?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 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?
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.
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?
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!
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.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that
Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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?
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. . . .
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
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.
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
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.
A variant on the game Alquerque
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves