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?
Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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.
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
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?
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?
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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.
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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 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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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 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?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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. . . .
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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 the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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. . . .
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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?