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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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 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.
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.
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?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
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.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Interactive game. Set your own level of challenge, practise your table skills and beat your previous best score.
Help the bee to build a stack of blocks far enough to save his
friend trapped in the tower.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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 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?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
An activity based on the game 'Pelmanism'. Set your own level of challenge and beat your own previous best score.
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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.
Can you locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Practise your diamond mining skills and your x,y coordination in this homage to Pacman.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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!
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?
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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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?
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.
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.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Imagine picking up a bow and some arrows and attempting to hit the
target a few times. Can you work out the settings for the sight
that give you the best chance of gaining a high score?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
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?
Carry out some time trials and gather some data to help you decide
on the best training regime for your rowing crew.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the