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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
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....?
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.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
A train building game for 2 players.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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!
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?
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?
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. . . .
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and
describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images
in the tiling.
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.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?