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.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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....?
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
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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.