Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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.
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?
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!
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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. . . .
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
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 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.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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....?
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?
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?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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!
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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. . . .
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
A generic circular pegboard resource.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
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?
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.