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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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!
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?
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?
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....?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
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?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
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!
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
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 locate the lost giraffe? Input coordinates to help you
search and find the giraffe in the fewest guesses.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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 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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.