Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
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!
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
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
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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....?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you
know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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 complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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?
Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
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?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right
hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of
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. . . .
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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