Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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!
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
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?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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?
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.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?
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