Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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!
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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 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?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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.
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
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....?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
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. . . .
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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 game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the
circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are
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!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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.
Use the interactivity to create some steady rhythms. How could you
create a rhythm which sounds the same forwards as it does
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?