The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
How many winning lines can you make in a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses?
If you move the tiles around, can you make squares with different coloured edges?
Where should you start, if you want to finish back where you started?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
7 balls are shaken in a container. You win if the two blue balls touch. What is the probability of winning?
Six balls of various colours are randomly shaken into a trianglular arrangement. What is the probability of having at least one red in the corner?
Is this a fair game? How many ways are there of creating a fair game by adding odd and even numbers?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?
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.
Can you crack these cryptarithms?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
Here is a machine with four coloured lights. Can you develop a strategy to work out the rules controlling each light?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
What happens when you add a three digit number to its reverse?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.
A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?
Why not challenge a friend to play this transformation game?
Imagine you were given the chance to win some money... and imagine you had nothing to lose...
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Play this game and see if you can figure out the computer's chosen number.
A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...
Who said that adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing couldn't be fun?
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Do you know a quick way to check if a number is a multiple of two? How about three, four or six?
Can you find a way to identify times tables after they have been shifted up or down?
Can you do a little mathematical detective work to figure out which number has been wiped out?
What is the smallest number of answers you need to reveal in order to work out the missing headers?
Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.
Using the digits 1 to 9, the number 4396 can be written as the product of two numbers. Can you find the factors?