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!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?
A variant on the game Alquerque
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?
Match the halves.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they look!
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.