This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
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?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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.
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
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!
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.
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?
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
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.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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?
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?
Match the halves.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
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....?