An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?
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!
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.
Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the silhouette of the junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mah Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the playing piece?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the clock?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the rabbits?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the dragon?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Wai Ping, Wu Ming and Chi Wing?
Read about the adventures of Granma T and her grandchildren in this series of stories, accompanied by interactive tangrams.