An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
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?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
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
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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 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?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
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.
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
A train building game for 2 players.
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?