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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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?
An odd version of tic tac toe
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?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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
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?
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 interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man
must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
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?
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.
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
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 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 make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A train building game for 2 players.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Twenty four games for 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
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