Playing with Cuisenaire

Playing with Cuisenaire

The activities in this feature all make use of Cuisenaire rods, which are blocks coloured according to their length. We hope you enjoy being playful with the rods as they help you uncover and connect some important mathematical ideas. Don't worry if you haven't got any rods of your own as you could use our interactive Cuisenaire environment.

This set of tasks will stop being live on Monday 3 February. 

Cuisenaire Counting 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?

Same Length Trains 

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?

Cuisenaire Environment 

Age 5 to 16 Challenge Level:
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

Train Tactics 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?

Rearranged Rectangle 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?

Cuisenaire Squares 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Rod Ratios 

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2?

Rod Fractions 

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:
Pick two rods of different colours. Given an unlimited supply of rods of each of the two colours, how can we work out what fraction the shorter rod is of the longer one?