Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular
arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls
touch. What is the probability of winning?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you
devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when
you are given just one of its sides?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering
the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way
that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4
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.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
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?
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?
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Meg and Mo need to hang their marbles so that they balance. Use the
interactivity to experiment and find out what they need to do.
It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but
what if they were tilted?
Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.
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.
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set
off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one
of the engines, sets off flying along the railway line...
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Can you be the first to complete a row of three?
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
Can you make a right-angled triangle on this peg-board by joining
up three points round the edge?
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?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
An animation that helps you understand the game of Nim.
Mo has left, but Meg is still experimenting. Use the interactivity
to help you find out how she can alter her pouch of marbles and
still keep the two pouches balanced.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
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.
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight
that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players
take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single
pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
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?
Can you work out which spinners were used to generate the frequency charts?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?
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?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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.