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?
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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.
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?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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....?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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!
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. . . .
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Meg and Mo need to hang their marbles so that they balance. Use the
interactivity to experiment and find out what they need to do.
Can you set the logic gates so that the number of bulbs which are
on is the same as the number of switches which are on?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Experiment with the interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons,
and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects its
vertical and horizontal movement at each stage.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
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?
What is the relationship between the angle at the centre and the
angles at the circumference, for angles which stand on the same
arc? Can you prove it?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
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
Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set
off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one
of the engines, sets off flying along the railway line...
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
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.