Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
Can you find all the 4-ball shuffles?
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 in them?
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.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
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?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
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 be the first to complete a row of three?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
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....?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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. . . .
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?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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.