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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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!
A generic circular pegboard resource.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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!
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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....?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
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. . . .
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.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.