Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set
off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one
of the engines, sets off flying along the railway 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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
A game for two or more players that uses a knowledge of measuring
tools. Spin the spinner and identify which jobs can be done with
the measuring tool shown.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Experiment with the interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons,
and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects its
vertical and horizontal movement at each stage.
Use the interactivity to move Mr Pearson and his dog. Can you move
him so that the graph shows a curve?
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?
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....?
Experiment with the interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons, and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects the distance it travels at each stage.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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.
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!
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 create a story that would describe the movement of the man
shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
You can move the 4 pieces of the jigsaw and fit them into both
outlines. Explain what has happened to the missing one unit of
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right
angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
This rectangle is cut into five pieces which fit exactly into a triangular outline and also into a square outline where the triangle, the rectangle and the square have equal areas.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?