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.
Create a pattern on the left-hand grid. How could you extend your pattern on the right-hand grid?
Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to
the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man
must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Match the halves.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not
use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
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 chairs?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Play a dice game of chance
Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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 these clocks?
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 outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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 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?
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
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?
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?
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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!
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?