Play a dice game of chance
Can you beat Piggy in this simple dice game? Can you figure out
Piggy's strategy, and is there a better one?
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is
equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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. . . .
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
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?
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 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
A variant on the game Alquerque
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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!
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....?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
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.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Use this animation to experiment with lotteries. Choose how many
balls to match, how many are in the carousel, and how many draws to
make at once.
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
A tool for generating random integers.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A collection of our favourite pictorial problems, one for each day
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?