A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
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?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.