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....?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
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?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
An odd version of tic tac toe
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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!
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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?
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