Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Meg and Mo still need to hang their marbles so that they balance,
but this time the constraints are different. Use the interactivity
to experiment and find out what they need to do.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
How many different triangles can you make which consist of the
centre point and two of the points on the edge? Can you work out
each of their angles?
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!
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and
describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images
in the tiling.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
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 make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
What is the relationship between the angle at the centre and the
angles at the circumference, for angles which stand on the same
arc? Can you prove it?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
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. . . .
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of