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?
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!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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?
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?
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
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?
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.
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.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight
that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
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.
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 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.
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 card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?