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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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.
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?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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....?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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.
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 train building game for 2 players.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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!
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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?
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.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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.