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?
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.
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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
A train building game for 2 players.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
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.
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?
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?
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 generic circular pegboard resource.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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. . . .
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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 spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?
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 the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.