Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
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!
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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.
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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!
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it
does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
A train building game for 2 players.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
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?
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....?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10