Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
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.
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
A train building game for 2 players.
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?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
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 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. . . .
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
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?
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?
A simulation of target archery practice
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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.
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.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
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.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?