Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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!
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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. . . .
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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!
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?