Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
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?
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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!
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to
the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?
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?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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!
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?
Can you find a reliable strategy for choosing coordinates that will locate the robber in the minimum number of guesses?
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?
These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.
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.