Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Investigate the different sounds you can make by putting the owls and donkeys on the wheel.
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
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?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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....?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Play a dice game of chance
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.
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?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you 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?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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!
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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?
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.