Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
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?
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!
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
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.
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?
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 and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and
ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
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?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
What can you say about the values of n that make $7^n + 3^n$ a multiple of 10? Are there other pairs of integers between 1 and 10 which have similar properties?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard
that has nine pegs?
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
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.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
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 the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can
you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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.