This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
An odd version of tic tac toe
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown 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?
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?
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!
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
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?
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 game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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 interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
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 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.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
A train building game for 2 players.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
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?