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.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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!
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?
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 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.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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?
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?
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.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
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.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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!
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
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?
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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering
the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way
that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4
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
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?