A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to
the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design.
Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two
different types of triangle?
Overlaying pentominoes can produce some effective patterns. Why not
use LOGO to try out some of the ideas suggested here?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Two circles of equal radius touch at P. One circle is fixed whilst the other moves, rolling without slipping, all the way round. How many times does the moving coin revolve before returning to P?
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?
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 can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man
shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move
him so that the graph shows a curve?
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. . . .
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
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 is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
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.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
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
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?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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!
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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!
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
A train building game for 2 players.