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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
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.
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?
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
An odd version of tic tac toe
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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!
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?
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?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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 interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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!
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
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.
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
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and
ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Match the halves.
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....?
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?
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
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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
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.
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.
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 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.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of