Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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 your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
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?
An odd version of tic tac toe
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?