Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
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!
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
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?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
A collection of resources to support work on Factors and Multiples at Secondary level.
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.
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?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
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?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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. . . .
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....?
A train building game for 2 players.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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.