Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
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.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
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?
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?
A variant on the game Alquerque
This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.
Place the numbers 1, 2, 3,..., 9 one on each square of a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows and columns add up to a prime number. How many different solutions can you find?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
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?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your prediction.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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.
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?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
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?
What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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.
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 on a large squared space.
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.
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. . . .
This article is based on some of the ideas that emerged during the production of a book which takes visualising as its focus. We began to identify problems which helped us to take a structured view. . . .
A useful visualising exercise which offers opportunities for discussion and generalising, and which could be used for thinking about the formulae needed for generating the results on a spreadsheet.
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?