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?
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
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?
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.
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 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?
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?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
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 shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
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 centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?
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.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
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?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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 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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
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. . . .
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?
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 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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the dragon?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Wai Ping, Wu Ming and Chi Wing?