Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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!
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?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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. . . .
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.
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 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.
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....?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
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?
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Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
A train building game for 2 players.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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!
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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?
Can you set the logic gates so that the number of bulbs which are
on is the same as the number of switches which are on?
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.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
What is the relationship between the angle at the centre and the
angles at the circumference, for angles which stand on the same
arc? Can you prove it?
Learn how to use the Shuffles interactivity by running through these tutorial demonstrations.
How many different triangles can you make which consist of the
centre point and two of the points on the edge? Can you work out
each of their angles?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.