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?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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!
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
A train building game for 2 players.
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 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.
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
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.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
A simulation of target archery practice
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man
shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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 the child walking home from school?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?