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?
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 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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
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?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
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.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
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 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.
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. . . .
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
A simulation of target archery practice
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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....?
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.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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.
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design. Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two different types of triangle?
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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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?
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?