Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing
it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design.
Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two
different types of triangle?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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 outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?