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?
An odd version of tic tac toe
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Use the interactivity to sort these numbers into sets. Can you give
each set a name?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the
same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make
when the circles are different sizes?
Yasmin and Zach have some bears to share. Which numbers of bears
can they share so that there are none left over?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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.
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!
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?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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. . . .
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Play a dice game of chance
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....?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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.
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Create a pattern on the left-hand grid. How could you extend your pattern on the right-hand grid?