Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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....?
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?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
An odd version of tic tac toe
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
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.
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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.
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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.
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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.
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run
against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with
the planks of different lengths?
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.