An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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?
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.
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.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
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?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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 explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
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....?
A train building game for 2 players.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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.
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 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 game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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 a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
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.